The development of valid and reliable methods for assessing psychological aspects of tinnitus continues to be an important goal of research. Such assessment methods are potentially useful in clinical and research contexts. Existing self-report measures have a number of disadvantages, and so a need exists to develop a form of assessment that is less open to response bias and the effects of experimental demand. A new approach, the Psychological Impact of Tinnitus Interview (PITI), is described, and some preliminary data on its psychometric properties are reported. The results suggest that the PITI is capable of providing a measure of separate, relatively independent dimensions of tinnitus-related distress - namely, sleep difficulties, general distress, mood, suicidal aspects, and avoidance of or interference with normal activities. This method may lead to more refined measures of these dimensions of tinnitus-related psychological difficulties. The PITI should be regarded as a promising assessment tool for use in experimental settings, pending further work on its content, coding method, and administration.
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||International Tinnitus Journal|
|Publication status||Published - 2001|
- Psychological aspects
- Tinnitus-related distress