Understanding the relationships among individual-based momentary measured noise, perceived noise, and psychological stress: A geographic ecological momentary assessment (GEMA) approach

Lirong Kou, Yinhua Tao, Mei Po Kwan, Yanwei Chai

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Abstract

This study aims to understand how the relationship between individual-based noise exposure and psychological stress is influenced by perceived noise and context. Using geographic ecological momentary assessment, along with activity-travel diaries, GPS tracking, and portable noise sensors, this study collected real-time data of individuals' daily movement, noise exposure, and self-reported noise perception and psychological stress. Structural equation modeling was used to examine the direct and indirect pathways among context, momentary measured noise, perceived noise, and psychological stress. The study finds that momentary measured noise influences psychological stress through the mediating effect of perceived noise. Further, different activity and travel, social, and temporal contexts significantly influence people's momentary measured noise, perceived noise, and psychological stress. These findings advance our understanding of specific contexts, individual-based objectively measured and subjectively perceived environmental exposures, and their effects on psychological health at a high spatiotemporal resolution.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number102285
JournalHealth and Place
Volume64
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2020

Keywords

  • Contextual effect
  • Ecological momentary assessment (EMA)
  • Mental health
  • Noise pollution
  • Real-time environmental sensing
  • Uncertain geographic context problem (UGCoP)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

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