A comparison of health-related quality of life and job satisfaction in physically active and sedentary faculty members

Document Type: Original Article


Associate professor, Faculty of psychology and education, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran.


Introduction: The aim of this study was to compare health-related quality of life and job satisfaction between active and sedentary faculty members.
Materials and methods: 304 faculty members were selected by random sampling method from the statistical society (1620). Considering the subjects’ physical activity level and amount of exercise per week, they were placed in an active group (N=150) and a sedentary group (N= 154). HRQL was estimated using a Health-related quality of life questionnaire (SF-36) and job satisfaction was estimated using the Berifield and Roth questionnaire. The data was analyzed by T-Test (α=0.05).
Results: Results indicated that physical activity limitations, psychological problems, bodily pain and mental health were not significantly different in active subjects compared to sedentary subjects (P<0.05). Physical problems, social functioning, vitality and total health were significantly higher in active subjects compared to sedentary subjects (P<0.026, P<0.008, P<0.01, P<0.032). The job satisfaction was significantly higher in active subjects compared to sedentary subjects (P<0.034).
Conclusion: The studies have identified higher levels of fitness may positively influence faculty members’ productivity, job satisfaction and absenteeism. The findings of the present study suggest that HRQL and job satisfaction are better in active faculty members compared to sedentary faculty members. Applied implications for planners and managers in higher education are discussed.


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