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Sense of Coherence: Notes on Some Challenges for Future Research
Mälardalen University, School of Business, Society and Engineering. Mälardalen University, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare, Health and Welfare.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8865-6818
2019 (English)In: SAGE Open, ISSN 2158-2440, E-ISSN 2158-2440, Vol. 9, no 2Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Antonovsky introduced the salutogenic model whose aim is to explain the origins of health and to describe how health can be promoted. Sense of coherence (SOC) is the core concept in the model and is defined as the degree of meaningfulness, comprehensibility, and manageability that people feel in their life. The aim of this article is to bring attention to some topics on SOC that need to be explored in future research. First, SOC and how it is measured are briefly described. Thereafter, there is a brief discussion of the following seven topics: (a) the dimensionality of the SOC scale, (b) SOC as the causal variable, (c) SOC as the outcome variable, (d) general SOC versus domain-specific SOC, (e) the concept of boundary in the measurement of SOC, (f) SOC as a continuous versus a dichotomized or trichotomized variable, and (g) the importance of relating SOC to salutogenic outcome measures. In conclusion, the salutogenic model, with its core concept of SOC, is an excellent guide for research on health and well-being, but there are still some parts of this model that deserve further theoretical and empirical attention. 

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2019. Vol. 9, no 2
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Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-43450DOI: 10.1177/2158244019846687ISI: 000466361200001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85065083544OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-43450DiVA, id: diva2:1316120
Available from: 2019-05-16 Created: 2019-05-16 Last updated: 2019-05-24Bibliographically approved

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