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Developing a context-general self-report approach to measure three-level situation awareness

Bjørn Sætrevik
International Maritime Health 2013;64(2):66-71.

open access

Vol 64, No 2 (2013)
ORIGINAL ARTICLES
Published online: 2013-05-23
Submitted: 2013-05-23
Accepted: 2013-05-23

Abstract

Background: Situation awareness (SA) is considered to be crucial for work in safety critical organisations,yet its precise definition and an agreed upon measurement approach have yet to emerge. SA is oftenmeasured as an operator’s overview of some specific parameters within a given work setting and a giventime frame, an approach that entails both advantages and disadvantages. The current approach examineswhether some aspects of SA relating to workplace safety can also be captured in a context-general inventory.

Material and methods: 166 offshore maritime personnel answered the SA inventory with 13 items describingthe respondent’s typical cognitions concerning safety issues.

Results: Confirmatory factor analysis of response patterns showed that the internal pattern among the itemsreflected the three level structure predicted by the leading theoretical model. Strengths and weaknesses of theinventory itself, as well as the approach in general are discussed, and future research directions are outlined.

Conclusions: It appears feasible to measure aspects of SA in a context-general inventory, though additionaladjustment and validation is required.

Abstract

Background: Situation awareness (SA) is considered to be crucial for work in safety critical organisations,yet its precise definition and an agreed upon measurement approach have yet to emerge. SA is oftenmeasured as an operator’s overview of some specific parameters within a given work setting and a giventime frame, an approach that entails both advantages and disadvantages. The current approach examineswhether some aspects of SA relating to workplace safety can also be captured in a context-general inventory.

Material and methods: 166 offshore maritime personnel answered the SA inventory with 13 items describingthe respondent’s typical cognitions concerning safety issues.

Results: Confirmatory factor analysis of response patterns showed that the internal pattern among the itemsreflected the three level structure predicted by the leading theoretical model. Strengths and weaknesses of theinventory itself, as well as the approach in general are discussed, and future research directions are outlined.

Conclusions: It appears feasible to measure aspects of SA in a context-general inventory, though additionaladjustment and validation is required.

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Keywords

situation awareness, safety, questionnaire development, confirmatory factor analysis

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Title

Developing a context-general self-report approach to measure three-level situation awareness

Journal

International Maritime Health

Issue

Vol 64, No 2 (2013)

Pages

66-71

Published online

2013-05-23

Bibliographic record

International Maritime Health 2013;64(2):66-71.

Keywords

situation awareness
safety
questionnaire development
confirmatory factor analysis

Authors

Bjørn Sætrevik

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