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Thematic analysis of Antonovsky’s sense of coherence theory

Thematic analysis of Antonovsky’s sense of coherence theory

Griffiths, Christopher A., Ryan, Peter and Foster, John H. ORCID: 0000-0002-7662-8203 (2010) Thematic analysis of Antonovsky’s sense of coherence theory. Scandinavian Journal of Psychology, 52 (2). pp. 168-173. ISSN 0036-5564 (Print), 1467-9450 (Online) (doi:

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Antonovsky’s sense of coherence (SOC) theory relates to the adaptive capacity of humans. In response to Antonovsky’s call to study the sense of coherence concept using methods other than his orientation to life questionnaire, and to further test the application of the concept, qualitative research methods were employed. Using thematic analysis this study investigated how sense of coherence theory applied when mapped onto descriptions by 20 mental health service users of how they deal with problems that they face in their lives. The thematic analysis revealed that sense of coherence theory mapped effectively onto the interview transcripts. The analysis identified various factors that can be considered to be general resistance resources in the sense of coherence model. It also revealed distinctions between concrete and relationship orientated problem solving that led to new insights into how mechanisms of sense of coherence theory may operate. The findings suggest that sense of coherence strength may be split into coping and adaptive capacity for concrete problems and coping and adaptive capacity for relationship oriented problems. This highlights the possibility that SOC strength is not an overall adaptive capacity measure which can be applied with equal effectiveness to all challenges/problems experienced in life.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: sense of coherence, mental health, mental disorder, coping, stress, adaption
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences
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