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Sit down 7 times, Get up 8- The correlation between fatigue, vitality and prolonged sitting

Hillmer, Steffen (2019) Sit down 7 times, Get up 8- The correlation between fatigue, vitality and prolonged sitting.

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Abstract:Although detrimental health effects have long been associated with sedentary behavior, academic literature only provides limited information on the correlation between prolonged sitting and psychosomatic symptoms. This quantitative study explored the sedentary behavior of the employees of the company in order to investigate the relationship between sitting time and the psychosomatic symptoms of fatigue and vitality. A moderation analysis was furthermore conducted to find out if participant’s physical activity and BMI moderate this relationship. Data were collected through a survey questionnaire, including the brief questionnaire on occupational sitting (BQOS), the Checklist Individual Strength (CIS) and the Vitality questionnaire (VITA-16). Participants (N=72) reported sitting for an average of 11 hours 41 minutes per day, of which 6 hours 42 minutes were spent during working hours. No significant correlation was found between sitting time at work and scores of fatigue and vitality. Results of the moderation analysis showed that the relationship between prolonged sitting and the psychosomatic symptoms of vitality and fatigue were moderated by physical activity, but not by BMI. This research contributes to existing literature by providing insights into the correlations of sedentary behavior on psychosomatic symptoms and serves as an informational purpose about their sitting behavior for employees of the company.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
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