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Prev Med. 2014 Oct;67:288-94. doi: 10.1016/j.ypmed.2014.07.031. Epub 2014 Aug 10.

Understanding occupational sitting: prevalence, correlates and moderating effects in Australian employees.

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1
Ghent University, Department of Movement and Sports Sciences, Ghent, Belgium; Research Foundation Flanders, Brussels, Belgium. Electronic address: Katrien.DeCocker@ugent.be.
2
The University of Newcastle, School of Medicine and Public Health, Callaghan, Australia.
3
Central Queensland University, Centre for Physical Activity Studies, Institute for Health and Social Science Research, Rockhampton, QLD, Australia.
4
Victoria University, Institute of Sport, Exercise and Active Living, Melbourne, VIC, Australia; The University of Queensland, School of Human Movement Studies, St Lucia Campus, Brisbane, QLD, Australia; Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute, Melbourne, VIC, Australia.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To (1) compare occupational sitting between different socio-demographic, health-related, work-related and psychosocial categories, (2) identity socio-demographic, health-related, work-related and psychosocial correlates of occupational sitting, and (3) examine the moderating effect of work-related factors in the relation between correlates and occupational sitting.

METHODS:

Randomly-selected Australian adults completed a web-based survey assessing socio-demographic (country of birth, gender, age, education, income), health-related (general health, weight, physical activity), work-related (employment status, occupational task, occupational classification) and sedentary-specific psychosocial (social norm, social support, self-efficacy, control, advantages, disadvantage, intention) factors, and occupational sitting-time. t-tests, ANOVAs and multiple linear regression analyses were conducted (in 2013) on a sample of employees (n=993).

RESULTS:

Respondents sat on average for 3.75 (SD=2.45) h/day during work. Investigated correlates explained 41% of the variance in occupational sitting. More occupational sitting was associated with being male, being younger, higher education and income, part-time and full-time employment, sedentary job tasks, white-collar/professional occupations, higher BMI, and perceiving more advantages of sitting less at work. Employment status and occupational classification moderated the association between control to sit less and occupational sitting. A lack of control to sit less was associated with higher occupational sitting in part-time and full-time workers, but not in casual workers; and in white-collar and professional workers, but not in blue-collar workers.

CONCLUSIONS:

Most important contributors to occupational sitting were work-related and socio-demographic correlates. More research is needed to confirm present results.

KEYWORDS:

Cross-sectional study; Online survey; Sedentary behaviour; Workplace

PMID:
25117522
DOI:
10.1016/j.ypmed.2014.07.031
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