Sense of coherence and chronic illnesses: Scope for research in India

Chittem, Mahati and Lindström, B and Byrapaneni, R and Espnes, G A (2015) Sense of coherence and chronic illnesses: Scope for research in India. Journal of Social Health and Diabetes, 3 (2). pp. 79-83.

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The theory of salutogenesis focusses on how individuals move in the direction of health rather than illness. Within this is the concept of sense of coherence (SOC) that refers to a stable disposition which creates coping resources and a sense of health preservation. With the help of a widely validated SOC scale, a range of studies evidenced that a strong SOC was associated with psychological well-being, healthy behaviors, and good health. Although the cross-cultural nature of SOC is supported, there is limited research exploring SOC in Asian cultures. Understanding how people orient themselves toward health and leveraging this in the development of health interventions within the unique cultural context of India is necessary. The current paper will review the theory of salutogensis and SOC concept, the measurement of SOC, the relationship between SOC, chronic illnesses, and culture, concluding with suggestions for possible areas of SOC research in India

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Chittem, MahatiUNSPECIFIED
Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Culture, health promotion, India, psychological adaptation, sense of coherence
Subjects: Others > Psychology
Divisions: Department of Liberal Arts
Depositing User: Library Staff
Date Deposited: 12 Jan 2016 11:52
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