Predicting individual differences in motion sickness susceptibility by questionnaire

Golding, John F. (2006) Predicting individual differences in motion sickness susceptibility by questionnaire. Personality and Individual Differences, 41 (2). pp. 237-248. ISSN 0191-8869

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Motion sickness susceptibility questionnaires (MSSQ) predict individual differences in motion sickness caused by a variety of stimuli. The aim was to develop a short MSSQ. Development used repeated item analysis and various scoring methods. Retained were motion types (cars, boats, planes, trains, funfair rides, etc.); corrections for motion type exposure; sickness severity weightings; childhood versus adult experiences. Excluded were visual/optokinetic items (cinerama, virtual reality, etc.) with low sickness prevalence, they added little information but could become important in the future. Norms and percentiles were produced (n = 257). Predictive validity used controlled motions (total n = 178): cross-coupled (Coriolis); 0.2 Hz frequency translational oscillation; off vertical axis rotation (OVAR); visual-motion simulator. Predictive validity for motion was median r = 0.51. Relationship between MSSQ-Short and other non-motion sources of nausea and vomiting (e.g. headaches, food, stress, viral, etc.) in the last 12 months was r = 0.2 (p < 0.01). Reliability: Cronbach’s alpha 0.87; test–retest reliability around r = 0.9; Part A (child) with Part B (adult) r = 0.68. MSSQ-Short provides reliability with an efficient compromise between length (reduced time cost) and validity (predicted motion susceptibility). Language variants include French, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Flemish, German, Russian and Chinese.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: University of Westminster > Social Sciences and Humanities
Depositing User: Miss Nina Watts
Date Deposited: 30 May 2007
Last Modified: 04 Nov 2009 12:13

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