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The Journal of Korean Society of Community-Based Occupational Therapy Vol.11 No.1 pp.11-22
Changes in Occupational Therapy Students' Occupational Balance and Quality of Life in Epidemic of COVID-19
Lee, Hyang-sook 대전보건대학교 작업치료과 교수
Han, Gyeong-ju 대전보건대학교 작업치료과 학생
Park, In-yeong 뚱이쌤아동발달센터 작업치료사
Hwang, Eun-bi 첼로병원 작업치료실 작업치료사
Chae, Hyun-ah 대전보건대학교 작업치료과 학생
Noh, Chong-su 대전보건대학교 작업치료과 교수
Cha, Jung-jin 대전보건대학교 작업치료과 교수
Key Words : Occupational balance,COVID-19,Quality of life


Objective : The purpose of this study was to investigate the changes in occupational balance and quality of life caused by COVID-19 in occupational therapy students. Methods : From May 27 to June 26, 2020, questionnaires were distributed to a total of 35 universities among 62 occupational therapy departments nationwide. General characteristics, COVID-19 related characteristics, OBQ and WHOQOL-BREF were used to evaluate and analyze occupational balance and quality of life. The SPSS/PC 24.0 program was used to analyze frequency analysis, crossover analysis, chi-square test, independent t-test, analysis of variance, and Pearson correlation analysis. Results : There were significant differences in school system(years), class, life pattern, quality of life, personal and public schedule depending on whether they are interested in occupational balance. There were significant differences in occupational balance(OBQ) and quality of life(WHOQOL-BREF), ‘Hobby', ‘new hobbies after COVID-19', ‘life patterns', ‘use of public transportation', ‘maintenance of occupational balance', and ‘quality of life'. There was a significant positive correlation occupational balance and quality of life. Conclusion : This study showed that the more people who have changed their lives due to COVID-19 are interested in work balance, and the better they maintain their work balance and emotional well-being, the higher the work balance and quality of life, and the positive correlation between work balance and quality of life was confirmed. This will be the basis for studies related to intervention strategies that can improve occupational balance and quality of life in a time when social isolation is easy due to the COVID-19 epidemic.
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