Annals of Behavioral Medicine

, Volume 32, Issue 2, pp 162–167 | Cite as

Dysfunctional thinking patterns and immigration status as predictors of hearing protection device usage

  • Talma Kushnir
  • Lela Avin
  • Alexandra Neck
  • Anna Sviatochevski
  • Svetlana Polak
  • Chava Peretz


Background: There is limited research on the role of dysfunctional/irrational thinking processes and immigration status on hearing protection device (HPD) usage.Purpose: The aim of the study is to investigate the effects of low frustration tolerance (LFT) and immigration status on HPD usage among employees exposed to hazardous industrial noise.Methods: A total of 117 Israeli-borns and 80 new immigrants from former Soviet Union completed a questionnaire. The association between HPD usage and barriers to action, self-efficacy, and LFT (accounting for age, years of exposure, and immigration status) were assessed using ordered logistic regression models.Results: LFT was associated negatively (adjusted odds ratio [OR] = .25, 95%; confidence interval [CI] = .15−.41) with HPD usage. Self-efficacy was a modifier (adjusted OR = 1.47, 95%; CI = 1.34−1.63): the higher the self-efficacy for a given LFT level, the higher the extent of HPD usage. Immigration status was not a significant predictor.Conclusions: HPD usage is associated with both rational and irrational motivations. The role of LFT in hearing protection should be further investigated.


Occupational Health Occupational Physician Noise Exposure Cognitive Variable Protection Motivation Theory 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Talma Kushnir
    • 1
    • 2
  • Lela Avin
    • 3
  • Alexandra Neck
    • 3
    • 4
  • Anna Sviatochevski
    • 5
    • 6
  • Svetlana Polak
    • 5
    • 6
  • Chava Peretz
    • 7
  1. 1.Sociology of HealthBen-Gurion University of the NegevUSA
  2. 2.School of Health ProfessionsTel Aviv UniversityUSA
  3. 3.Graduate Program in Occupational HealthTel Aviv UniversityUSA
  4. 4.Maccabi Health Services (HMO)Israel
  5. 5.Graduate Program in Occupational HealthTel Aviv UniversityUSA
  6. 6.Clalit Health Services (HMO)Israel
  7. 7.School of Health ProfessionsTel Aviv UniversityUSA

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