Change search
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf
The distribution of 'sense of coherence' among Swedish adults: A quantitative cross-sectional population study
Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. Oral health. Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Dep. of Natural Science and Biomedicine.
Växjö Universitet.
Linköpings Universitet.
Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ. Oral health. Jönköping University, School of Health and Welfare, HHJ, Dep. of Natural Science and Biomedicine.
2010 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Public Health, ISSN 1403-4948, E-ISSN 1651-1905, Vol. 38, no 1, p. 1-8Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background:

Antonovsky’s concept of ‘‘sense of coherence’’ (SOC) has been shown to be related to health. The aim of this study was to describe the distribution of SOC scores and their components in an adult Swedish population aged 20–80 years.

Methods:

A random sample of 910 individuals from Jönköping, Sweden, aged 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70 and 80 years, of which589 agreed to participate in an oral health examination. The participants answered Antonovsky’s 13-item version of ‘‘the lifeorientation questionnaire scale’’. The response to the items and the distribution of the three components ofcomprehensibility, manageability and meaningfulness were analyzed for different age groups and genders using meanvalues and standard deviations, Student’s t-test and ANOVA.

Results:

A total of 526 individuals, 263 men and 263 women,answered all 13 questions and constituted the final material for the study (response rate 89%). The individual SOC scoreincreased with age. The 20 year olds had a statistically significantly lower SOC score compared with the other age groups and55% of them had a low SOC (≤66 points) compared with 17% of the 80 year olds. Men in the 60 and 70 year age groups hada statistically significantly higher SOC score compared with women of the same age.

Conclusions:

The individualdistribution of SOC varied with age and gender. Twenty year olds had a significantly lower SOC score comparedwith elderly age groups. Elderly men had a statistically significantly higher SOC score compared with women ofthe same age.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2010. Vol. 38, no 1, p. 1-8
Keywords [en]
Adult, age, gender, epidemiology, health behaviour, sense of coherence
National Category
Dentistry
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-11242DOI: 10.1177/1403494809351654ISI: 000274115900001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-11242DiVA, id: diva2:284331
Available from: 2010-01-25 Created: 2010-01-05 Last updated: 2019-02-19Bibliographically approved

Open Access in DiVA

No full text in DiVA

Other links

Publisher's full text

Authority records BETA

Lindmark, UlrikaHugoson, Anders

Search in DiVA

By author/editor
Lindmark, UlrikaHugoson, Anders
By organisation
HHJ. Oral healthHHJ, Dep. of Natural Science and Biomedicine
In the same journal
Scandinavian Journal of Public Health
Dentistry

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar

doi
urn-nbn

Altmetric score

doi
urn-nbn
Total: 385 hits
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf