Tinnitus Reaction Questionnaire Psychometric Properties of a Measure of Distress Associated With Tinnitus Hearing: Articles and Reports
Hearing: Articles and Reports  |   February 1991
Tinnitus Reaction Questionnaire
 
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Hearing: Articles and Reports   |   February 1991
Tinnitus Reaction Questionnaire
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, February 1991, Vol. 34, 197-201. doi:10.1044/jshr.3401.197
History: Received May 8, 1989 , Accepted January 11, 1990
 
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, February 1991, Vol. 34, 197-201. doi:10.1044/jshr.3401.197
History: Received May 8, 1989; Accepted January 11, 1990

The development of the Tinnitus Reaction Questionnaire (TRQ), a scale designed to assess the psychological distress associated with tinnitus, is described. Psychometric analyses of the TRQ are examined with a total of 156 subjects in three separate samples. The results indicate very good test-retest reliability (r= .88) and internal consistency (Cronbach's alpha= .96). Factor analysis yielded four factors that were interpreted as General Distress, Interference, Severity, and Avoidance. Moderate to high correlations were found between the TRQ and clinician ratings (r= .67) and self-report measures of anxiety and depression (r= .58–.87), but a low correlation was found with neuroticism (r= .27). It is concluded that the TRQ provides a useful index of distress related to tinnitus for subject selection and clinical assessment and has potential as a measure of change in coping ability.

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