The Stockholm Indoor Environment Questionnaire (SIEQ): A sociological based tool for assessment of indoor environment and health in dwellings
2004 (English)In: Indoor Air, ISSN 0905-6947, E-ISSN 1600-0668, Vol. 14, no 1, 24-33 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The aim was to develop and validate a standardized questionnaire - the Stockholm Indoor Environment Questionnaire (SIEQ). The validation procedure was based on sociological principles and test procedures for validation. The indicators of indoor environment are air quality, thermal climate, noise, and illumination. The indicators of health are symptoms comprised in the sick building syndrome (SBS). The questionnaire also contains questions about the apartment, individual behavior, and personal factors. The everyday language describing the building and its function was first obtained by qualitative personal interviews, then by standardized questions. The interview questionnaire was transformed into a postal self-administered questionnaire. The reduction of the questionnaire was based on correlation analysis. It was found that to obtain a good validity, general questions are not sufficient, but specific question on perceptions and observations are needed. Good test-retest agreement was found both on an area level, building level, and individually. For each indicator, a set of questions are constructed and validated. SIEQ has been used in several studies, and the results are presented in graphic problem profiles. Reference data has been calculated for the Stockholm area.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2004. Vol. 14, no 1, 24-33 p.
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-90622DOI: 10.1111/j.1600-0668.2004.00204.xPubMedID: 14756843OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-90622DiVA: diva2:163053