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Am J Health Behav. 2012 Nov;36(6):811-22. doi: 10.5993/AJHB.36.6.8.

Stages of change in hearing-protection behavior, cognition, and hearing status.

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  • 1University of California, San Francisco, School of Nursing, San Francisco, CA, USA. oisaeng.hong@nursing.ucsf.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To determine stages of hearing-protection behavioral change and their relationships with cognitions and hearing status.

METHOD:

A cross-sectional study of 769 construction workers who completed a survey and audiometric tests.

RESULTS:

The majority of participants (over 64%) were in the preparation stage. Participants in the action/maintenance stage demonstrated significantly greater benefits, self-efficacy, and interpersonal influence; fewer barriers; and better hearing. This is the first study that shows significantly better health outcome, hearing ability, as the stage progresses.

CONCLUSION:

Study demonstrates preliminary validity of the stages of change with hearing-protection behavior. Future hearing-protection intervention should integrate the stages of change to increase effectiveness.

PMID:
23026039
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