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Using the EPPM to create and evaluate the effectiveness of brochures to increase the use of hearing protection in farmers and landscape workers.

Authors
Smith-SW; Rosenman-KD; Kotowski-MR; Glazer-E; McFeters-C; Keesecker-NM; Law-A
Source
J Appl Commun Res 2008 May; 36(2):200-218
NIOSHTIC No.
20041855
Abstract
The extended parallel process model was employed to increase intentions to use on-the-job hearing protection among agricultural workers. Brochures were designed to increase perceptions of the threat of hearing loss and the efficacy of hearing protection to avert hearing loss. Brochures were presented to one half of the sample in each population (farmers and landscapers), and a questionnaire was administered assessing perceptions of threat, efficacy, and intentions. The other half of each sample completed the questionnaire, and then received brochures. Results indicated that farmers were initially high in threat and efficacy perceptions, but brochure exposure resulted in higher intentions to use hearing protection. Landscapers perceived higher threat, efficacy, and intentions after being presented with the brochure. Results are discussed in terms of future research and practical application.
Keywords
Agricultural-industry; Agricultural-workers; Agriculture; Workers; Work-environment; Hearing; Hearing-protection; Hearing-loss; Landscape-services-workers; Questionnaires; Sound; Noise; Noise-exposure; Noise-levels; Noise-protection; Noise-sources; Noise-shields; Ear-protection; Ear-protectors; Ears; Models; Author Keywords: Extended Parallel Process Model; Hearing Protection
Contact
Sandi W. Smith, Department of Communication, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48823
Publication Date
20080501
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
smiths@ms.edu
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
2008
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-OH-008466
Issue of Publication
2
ISSN
0090-9882
Source Name
Journal of Applied Communication Research
State
MI; TN; IL; WA
Performing Organization
Michigan State University
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