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"Sense of coherence" and oral health in an adult population: an epidemiological study
Jönköping University, School of Health Science, HHJ, Dep. of Natural Science and Biomedicine. Jönköping University, School of Health Science, HHJ. Oral health.
Jönköping University, School of Health Science, HHJ, Dep. of Natural Science and Biomedicine. Jönköping University, School of Health Science, HHJ. Oral health.
2007 (English)In: 7th conference on advances in health care science research, 2007Conference paper, Published paper (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
Abstract [en]

Objective: The aim was to investigate the individual distribution regarding ‘Sense of coherence’ (SOC) and oral health in an adult population. Method: A random sample of 589 individuals from Jönköping, Sweden, aged 20,30,40,50,60,70 and 80 years old, was used. Clinical and radiographical examinations were performed and a questionnaire measuring attitudes, knowledge of oral health and SOC (13-items) was included. Total SOC score and the three components; comprehensibility, manageability and meaningfulness which SOC is built upon was analyzed. Results: A total of 526 individuals participated in the study, 263 men and 263 women. The individual SOC score showed an increase with age, and the youngest group (20 years) had a significantly lower SOC score compared to the other age groups. Elderly men had a statistical significantly higher SOC compared to the elderly women (60 and 70 age groups). Analysing the three components, comprehensibility had statistical significantly higher mean SOC score, compared to manageability and meaningfulness. When dividing the participants into two subgroups, one with low (<66 points) and one with high (> 76 points) SOC score respectively, 55% among 20 years old had low SOC score compared to 18% for 80 years olds. The result described different personalities, depending on high and low SOC scores in comprehensibility, manageability and meaningfulness, according to Antonovsky´s model about the dynamic relations between the three components in SOC. Preliminary results showed that individuals with high SOC had statistical significant more number of decayed and filled surfaces (DFS) compared to individuals with low SOC. Conclusion: The distribution of SOC score differed regarding age and gender. Younger individuals had lower SOC scores compared to elderly individuals. A clear association was found between SOC scores and oral health measured by number of DFS.

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oral health, "sense of coherence", epidemiology
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Dentistry
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-4482OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-4482DiVA, id: diva2:35302
Available from: 2007-11-13 Created: 2007-11-13Bibliographically approved

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