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Research Article

Sense of Coherence and Health. The Construction of an Amendment to Antonovsky's Sense of Coherence Scale (SOC II)

1Quality of Life Research Center, Teglgårdstræ de 4-8, DK-1452 Copenhagen K, Denmark
2Research Clinic for Holistic Medicine, Copenhagen, Denmark
3Nordic School of Holistic Medicine, Copenhagen, Denmark
4Scandinavian Foundation for Holistic Medicine, Sandvika, Norway
5Interuniversity College, Graz, Austria
6National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Jerusalem, Israel
7Center for Disability and Human Development, Faculty of Health Sciences, Ben Gurion University, Beer-Sheva, Israel
8Office of the Medical Director Division for Mental Retardation Ministry of Social Affairs, Jerusalem, Israel

Received 3 August 2005; Revised 18 March 2006; Accepted 18 March 2006

Academic Editor: Daniel T.L. Shek

Copyright © 2006 Trine Flensborg-Madsen et al.


In two previous papers, we concluded that (1) the sense of coherence (SOC) scale developed by Aaron Antonovsky (1923—1994) is unable to prove the association between SOC and the physical health empirically and (2) the SOC scale is unlikely to be a fair materialization of Antonovsky’s idea and, thus, unlikely to measure SOC correctly. In order to improve the scale, we developed some new questions that we suggest should be incorporated in a new questionnaire and scale (SOC II) derived directly from Antonovsky's idea and the three key explanatory concepts of SOC: comprehensibility, manageability, and meaningfulness. We hope that this new scale will demonstrate a stronger correlation between SOC and physical health.