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Student Presenteeism in Digital Times—A Mixed Methods Approach

  • In young adulthood, important foundations are laid for health later in life. Hence, more attention should be paid to the health measures concerning students. A research field that is relevant to health but hitherto somewhat neglected in the student context is the phenomenon of presenteeism. Presenteeism refers to working despite illness and is associated with negative health and work-related effects. The study attempts to bridge the research gap regarding students and examines the effects of and reasons for this behavior. The consequences of digital learning on presenteeism behavior are moreover considered. A student survey (N = 1036) and qualitative interviews (N = 11) were conducted. The results of the quantitative study show significant negative relationships between presenteeism and health status, well-being, and ability to study. An increased experience of stress and a low level of detachment as characteristics of digital learning also show significant relationships with presenteeism. The qualitative interviews highlighted the aspect of not wanting to miss anything as the most important reason for presenteeism. The results provide useful insights for developing countermeasures to be easily integrated into university life, such as establishing fixed learning partners or the use of additional digital learning material.

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Document Type:Article
Author:Rebecca Komp, Simone Kauffeld, Patrizia Ianiro-Dahm
Parent Title (English):International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Article Number:16982
Number of pages:16
Place of publication:Basel
Publishing Institution:Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg
Date of first publication:2022/12/17
Copyright:© 2022 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license
Funding Information:This research received no external funding.
Keyword:Health Promotion; ability to study; digital learning; health; mixed methods study; presenteeism; students
Departments, institutes and facilities:Fachbereich Wirtschaftswissenschaften
Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC):1 Philosophie und Psychologie / 15 Psychologie / 150 Psychologie
6 Technik, Medizin, angewandte Wissenschaften / 61 Medizin und Gesundheit / 613 Persönliche Gesundheit und Sicherheit
Open access funding:Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg / Graduierteninstitut
Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg / Publikationsfonds / 2022 ff
Entry in this database:2023/01/04
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - CC BY - Namensnennung 4.0 International