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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2017, 14(6), 578; doi:10.3390/ijerph14060578

Cognitive-Motivational Determinants of Residents’ Civic Engagement and Health (Inequities) in the Context of Noise Action Planning: A Conceptual Model

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University of Bremen, Institute of Public Health and Nursing Research, Department of Social Epidemiology, Grazer Straße 4, 28359 Bremen, Germany
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Centre for Sustainability, Environment and Health, National Institute for Public Health and the Environment RIVM, Antonie van Leeuwenhoeklaan 9, 3721 MA Bilthoven, The Netherlands
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Hochschule für Gesundheit (University of Applied Science), Department of Community Health, Gesundheitscampus 6-8, 44801 Bochum, Germany
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TU Dortmund University, Faculty of Spatial Planning, Department of Transport Planning, August-Schmidt-Str. 10, 44221 Dortmund, Germany
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University of Düsseldorf, Faculty of Medicine, Centre for Health and Society, Institute for Occupational, Social, and Environmental Medicine, Universitätsstraße 1, 40225 Düsseldorf, Germany
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Centre for Health NRW (North Rhine Westphalia), Section “Health Assessments and Forecasting”, Westerfeldstr. 35/37, 33611 Bielefeld, Germany
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Academic Editor: Jayajit Chakraborty
Received: 22 March 2017 / Revised: 16 May 2017 / Accepted: 25 May 2017 / Published: 30 May 2017
(This article belongs to the Section Environmental Health)
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Abstract

The Environmental Noise Directive expects residents to be actively involved in localising and selecting noise abatement interventions during the noise action planning process. Its intervention impact is meant to be homogeneous across population groups. Against the background of social heterogeneity and environmental disparities, however, the impact of noise action planning on exposure to traffic-related noise and its health effects is unlikely to follow homogenous distributions. Until now, there has been no study evaluating the impact of noise action measures on the social distribution of traffic-related noise exposure and health outcomes. We develop a conceptual (logic) model on cognitive-motivational determinants of residents’ civic engagement and health (inequities) by integrating arguments from the Model on household’s Vulnerability to the local Environment, the learned helplessness model in environmental psychology, the Cognitive Activation Theory of Stress, and the reserve capacity model. Specifically, we derive four hypothetical patterns of cognitive-motivational determinants yielding different levels of sustained physiological activation and expectancies of civic engagement. These patterns may help us understand why health inequities arise in the context of noise action planning and learn how to transform noise action planning into an instrument conducive to health equity. While building on existing frameworks, our conceptual model will be tested empirically in the next stage of our research process. View Full-Text
Keywords: residential traffic noise exposure; noise annoyance; behavioural outcome expectancy; perceived behavioural control; coping; civic engagement; health inequities; environmental justice; logic model residential traffic noise exposure; noise annoyance; behavioural outcome expectancy; perceived behavioural control; coping; civic engagement; health inequities; environmental justice; logic model
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Riedel, N.; van Kamp, I.; Köckler, H.; Scheiner, J.; Loerbroks, A.; Claßen, T.; Bolte, G. Cognitive-Motivational Determinants of Residents’ Civic Engagement and Health (Inequities) in the Context of Noise Action Planning: A Conceptual Model. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2017, 14, 578.

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