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Table 2 Description of items considered as indicators of neighborhood and household chaos

From: A mixed methods analysis of environmental and household chaos: considerations for early-childhood obesity research

Item Indicator Original Question
Stem
Original Response
Format
Modified Question
Stem
Modified Response Format
1 Interior Noise Rating [34] House is not overly noisy (e.g., TV, shouts of children, radio, nearby roads or thoroughfares) No;
Yes
How would you rate the amount of noise inside the home? Focus on the noise produced by appliances, people, animals, etc. inside the home Very quiet;
Fairly quiet;
Somewhat noisy;
Very noisy
2 Hear Exterior Noise Inside [34] Neighborhood noise around the home Cannot rate;
Very quiet;
Average;
Noisy;
Very noisy
Is noise from outside the home audible when standing inside the home? Is there presence of loud ambient sounds (e.g., trains, construction, factories, traffic, people outside)? No;
Yes
3 Rating of Exterior Noise Audible Inside [34] Neighborhood noise around the home Cannot rate;
Very quiet;
Average;
Noisy;
Very noisy
How would you rate the amount of outside noise audible from inside the home? Very quiet;
Fairly quiet;
Somewhat noisy;
Very noisy
4 Noise Pollution [46] Noise Pollution None;
A little;
Some;
A lot
Is there presence of loud ambient sounds? Can you hear trains, construction, factories, loud engines, etc.? No;
Yes
5 Exterior Noise Rating [49] Amount of Noise Very quiet;
Fairly quiet;
Somewhat noisy;
Very noisy
How would you rate the level of noise overall? Very quiet;
Fairly quiet;
Somewhat noisy;
Very noisy
6* Number of Changes to Household Roster Sum of total changes (e.g., people leaving or joining household) to household roster between 18- and 24-month assessment    No changes;
1 change;
2 or more changes
7* Regular Mealtime Routine [50] Mealtimes occur at the same time each day    Strongly disagree;
Disagree;
Neither agree nor disagree;
Agree;
Strongly agree
8* Number of Adults in the Household Sum of the total number of adults (age ≥ 18 years) in household at 24-month visit    1 adult;
2 adults;
3 adults;
4 or more adults
9* Number of Children in the Household Sum of the total number of children (age < 18 years) in household at 24-month visit    1 child;
2 children;
3 children;
4 or more children
10* Caregiver Marital Status Change During our last visit, you told us that your marital status was: [MARITAL STATUS]. Is this your current marital status or has your marital status changed?    Did not change;
Did changed
11* Total Residential Moves How many times have you moved since [CHILD] was born? Did not move;
Once;
Twice;
3 times
4 time;
More than 4 times
  0 times;
1 time;
2 or more times
12* Regular Bedtime Routine [51] Do you have a regular routine of things you do with [CHILD] when you put [HIM/HER] to sleep?    No;
Yes
13 Cluttered Interior [47] All visible rooms of the house are reasonably clean and minimally cluttered.   The house is reasonably clean and minimally cluttered No;
Yes
14 Crowded with Furniture [47] In terms of available floor space, the rooms are not overcrowded with furniture.   Rooms are overcrowded with furniture No;
Yes
15 Commotion [37] There is very little commotion in our home Very much like your own home;
Somewhat like your own home;
A little bit like your own home;
Not at all like your own home
There is very little commotion in the home No;
Yes
16 Interruptions [37] At home we can talk to each other without being interrupted Very much like your own home;
Somewhat like your own home;
A little bit like your own home;
Not at all like your own home
Family members talk without interrupting one another No;
Yes
17 Preparedness Rating [34] Home visit preparation by the household Cannot rate;
Surprised/difficulty;
Aware but unprepared;
Aware/ready;
Good hosts
How prepared did the household appear for the home visit? Not at all prepared; Somewhat prepared;
Quite a bit prepared;
Very much prepared
18 Loud Speaking [37] You can’t hear yourself think in our home Very much like your own home;
Somewhat like your own home;
A little bit like your own home;
Not at all like your own home
Family members speak to one another in an elevated volume No;
Yes
19 Telephone Use [37] The telephone takes up a lot of our time at home Very much like your own home;
Somewhat like your own home;
A little bit like your own home;
Not at all like your own home
The telephone took up a lot of time in the home (e.g., ringing or active phone conversations) No;
Yes
20 Arguments [37] I often get drawn into other people’s arguments at home Very much like your own home;
Somewhat like your own home;
A little bit like your own home;
Not at all like your own home
Family members are drawn into other people’s arguments in the home No;
Yes
21 Rushed [37] We almost always seem to be rushed Very much like your own home;
Somewhat like your own home;
A little bit like your own home;
Not at all like your own home
Family members appear rushed No;
Yes
  1. *Items derived from caregiver surveys that were administered as part of the 18- and 24-month assessments
  2. Excluded from exploratory factor analysis due to little variation in item responses