The THI questionnaire: Psychometric data for reliability and validity of the Italian version

Stefania Passi, Giovanni Ralli, Emilia Capparelli, Alessia Mammone, Daria Scacciatelli, Giancarlo Cianfrone

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Abstract

The main objective of this study was to determine reliability, validity, and reproducibility of the Italian version of the Tinnitus Handicap Inventory (THI) self-administered questionnaire aimed at evaluating the impact of tinnitus on the quality of life of subjects affected by this symptom. The questionnaire was presented to a sample of 443 subjects (285 men and 158 women; ages 19-86; mean age, 53) who were referred to our Tinnitus Centre in Rome and came from the entire national territory. All subjects reported as their main problem a tinnitus that had persisted for at least 6 months. Statistical analysis carried out on THI questionnaire results showed high internal consistency and reliability for the total scale (Cronbach's α = .94). Despite the poor number of items, the THI proved useful for the functional scale (0.86), the emotional scale (0.89), and the catastrophic scale (0.75).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)26-33
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Tinnitus Journal
Volume14
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2008

Keywords

  • Tinnitus
  • Tinnitus handicap inventory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology

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