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A Short Form of the Chinese Version of the Weinstein Noise Sensitivity Scale through Optimal Test Assembly

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School of Nursing, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong 999077, China
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Department of Psychology, The Education University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong 999077, China
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Division of Speech and Hearing Sciences, Faculty of Education, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong 999077, China
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Sleep Laboratory, Department of Psychology, The Education University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong 999077, China
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Centre for Psychosocial Health, The Education University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong 999077, China
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Department of Mechanical Engineering, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong 999077, China
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Department of Medicine, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong 999077, China
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(3), 879; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph18030879
Received: 18 November 2020 / Revised: 13 January 2021 / Accepted: 18 January 2021 / Published: 20 January 2021
(This article belongs to the Section Public Health Statistics and Risk Assessment)
This study developed a short form of the traditional Chinese version of the Weinstein Noise Sensitivity Scale (WNSS) through optimal test assembly (OTA). A total of 1069 Chinese adults (64.8% female) completed the territory-wide cross-sectional study. We first removed Items 12 and 5 which had negative factor loading and gender-related differential item functioning (DIF), respectively. The optimal length was then determined as the minimal one that reasonably resembled the reliability and validity of the scale without DIF items. OTA identified an 8-item WNSS (WNSS-8) which retained 67.2% of the test information of the original 21-item scale and had a Cronbach’s alpha of 0.83. It also showed significant correlations of 0.272 and −0.115 with the neuroticism and extraversion scales of Chinese NEO-Five Factor Inventory, respectively. Adequate model fit of the WNSS-8 was demonstrated by the confirmatory factor analysis. The Chinese WNSS-8 can be used to assess noise sensitivity without compromising reliability and validity. View Full-Text
Keywords: item response theory; item selection; noise sensitivity; optimal test assembly; reliability; validity item response theory; item selection; noise sensitivity; optimal test assembly; reliability; validity
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Li, S.; Fong, D.Y.T.; Wan, S.L.Y.; McPherson, B.; Lau, E.Y.Y.; Huang, L.; Ip, M.S.M.; Wong, J.Y.H. A Short Form of the Chinese Version of the Weinstein Noise Sensitivity Scale through Optimal Test Assembly. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 879. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph18030879

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Li S, Fong DYT, Wan SLY, McPherson B, Lau EYY, Huang L, Ip MSM, Wong JYH. A Short Form of the Chinese Version of the Weinstein Noise Sensitivity Scale through Optimal Test Assembly. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(3):879. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph18030879

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Li, Sha, Daniel Y.T. Fong, Sarah L.Y. Wan, Bradley McPherson, Esther Y.Y. Lau, Lixi Huang, Mary S.M. Ip, and Janet Y.H. Wong. 2021. "A Short Form of the Chinese Version of the Weinstein Noise Sensitivity Scale through Optimal Test Assembly" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 3: 879. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph18030879

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