A Validation study of the sense of coherence scale using two South African samples

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dc.contributor.author Randall, Susan Jane
dc.date.accessioned 2007-03-01T11:05:14Z
dc.date.available 2007-03-01T11:05:14Z
dc.date.issued 2007-03-01T11:05:14Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10539/2171
dc.description Student Number : 8609483Y - MA Dissertation - School of Human and Community Development - Faculty of Humanties en
dc.description.abstract This study undertook to investigate the validity of the Sense of Coherence Scale (SOC Scale) for use in South Africa. The scale was developed by Antonovsky (1987) and is widely used in stress and health research. It measures three components: meaningfulness, comprehensibility, and manageability, which Antonovsky posited as being central to a person’s sense of coherence (SOC), which in turn facilitates coping and personal resilience. The current research utilised two samples, namely a group of disabled individuals and a group of undergraduate psychology students. It found that while the SOC Scale is indeed a useful psychometric instrument within a South African context, it would be advisable to develop a modified version of the scale for local use. Factor analysis suggested that a three-factor solution is more appropriate than a one-factor solution, a finding which is congruent with Antonovsky’s theory. Suggestions are made for modifications to some of the original 29 items, as well as the subscales, of the SOC Scale. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Sense of coherence en
dc.subject salutogenesis en
dc.subject Antonovsky en
dc.subject validation study en
dc.subject meaningfulness en
dc.subject resilience en
dc.subject stress en
dc.subject coping en
dc.subject health en
dc.subject disability en
dc.title A Validation study of the sense of coherence scale using two South African samples en
dc.type Thesis en


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