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The impact of rumination on life satisfaction of hotel employees during the COVID-19 pandemic: the mediating role of fear of COVID-19 and the moderating role of sedentary lifestyle
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Department of Business Administration, Faculty of Economics, Administrative and Social Sciences, Alanya Alaaddin Keykubat University, Alanya, Turkey
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Department of Business, Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, Burdur Mehmet Akif Ersoy University, Burdur, Turkey
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Department of Business Administration, Institute of Graduate Studies, Alanya Alaaddin Keykubat University, Alanya, Turkey
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Engin Üngüren   

Department of Business Administration, Faculty of Economics, Administrative and Social Sciences, Alanya Alaaddin Keykubat University, Üniversite Caddesi 80, 07425 Alanya, Turkey, e-mail: engin.unguren@alanya.edu.tr
Submission date: 2021-11-19
Final revision date: 2022-04-09
Acceptance date: 2022-04-27
Online publication date: 2022-11-09
 
 
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Background:
It is important to determine the individual factors that cause the differentiation of negative reactions of individuals due to epidemics. The purpose of this study is to investigate the moderating role of a sedentary lifestyle and the me-diating role of fear of COVID-19 on the relationship between rumination and life satisfaction. Intense rumination is known to have a negative impact on individuals’ life satisfaction levels. Very little is known about variables that may mediate and moderate this relationship.

Participants and procedure:
The study was conducted with staff members of five-star accommodation establishments in Turkey. Data were col-lected with a quantitative research method via questionnaires, completed by 386 full-time employees.

Results:
The results show that rumination negatively affects life satisfaction, and fear of COVID-19 has a mediating role be-tween rumination and life satisfaction. In addition, the study concluded that a sedentary lifestyle moderated the indi-rect effect of rumination on life satisfaction through fear of COVID-19. This finding indicates that the negative impact of rumination on life satisfaction, mediated by fear of COVID-19, decreased, as the active lifestyle level of employees increased.

Conclusions:
The results indicate the importance of active lifestyles in reducing negative impacts of the fear of being infected with a disease during times of crisis such as outbreaks and ruminative thoughts on lifestyle. The findings of this study provide substantial contributions with respect to how outbreak-related negative reactions occur and differ.

 
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