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Occupational Sedentary Behaviour during COVID-19 regulations : related working from home

Schaap, G. (2020) Occupational Sedentary Behaviour during COVID-19 regulations : related working from home.

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Abstract:Sedentary behaviour is associated with health risks. The purpose of this opportunistic study was to explore the amount of occupational sedentary behaviour (OSB), the experienced change in level of OSB, and relationships between socioecological factors and these OSB outcomes in office workers forced to work from home due to COVID-19 regulations. An online cross-sectional survey was filled out by 119 employees from a Dutch university. Mean occupational sitting time was 435 (SD = 113) minutes/day, equalling 81% of work time. The majority of the sample experienced more sitting and less standing and moving during work under the COVID-19 homeworking regulations. Home offices were primarily equipped for seated work, and the work situation seemed to discourage OSB reduction. No relationships between socioecological factors and OSB were found. Perceived difficulty to reduce OSB at home compared to at work, lack of information on sedentary breaks, and fewer work breaks were significant predictors for the experienced increase in OSB. Home office workers were highly sedentary and experienced more occupational sitting. Results indicates but could not provide evidence for actual increase in OSB since the homeworking regulations. Implications for further research and potential strategies for reducing OSB at home are discussed.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/85424
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