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Development of a short version of the sense of coherence scale for population survey
  1. Taisuke Togari1,
  2. Yoshihiko Yamazaki2,
  3. Kazuhiro Nakayama3,
  4. Junichi Shimizu4
  1. 1
    Department of Health Sociology, Division of Health Science & Nursing, Graduate School of Medicine, The University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan and Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Tokyo, Japan
  2. 2
    Department of Health Sociology, Division of Health Science, Nursing, Graduate School of Medicine, The University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
  3. 3
    St Luke's College of Nursing, Tokyo, Japan
  4. 4
    Division of Nursing Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, Tokyo Metropolitan University, Tokyo, Japan
  1. Mr T Togari, Department of Health Sociology, Division of Health Science, Nursing, Graduate School of Medicine, The University of Tokyo, 7-3-1 Hongo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 113-0033, Japan; ttogari-tky{at}umin.ac.jp

Abstract

A three-item sense of coherence (SOC) scale was developed, incorporating the definitions of the three subordinate concepts of SOC for use in population surveys. A cross-sectional internet survey was conducted in the latter part of July 2006. Cronbach’s α was 0.84. The correlation coefficient of SOC-13 and the newly devised University of Tokyo Health Sociology version of the SOC Scale (SOC-3-UTHS) was 0.51. As regards correlation with a health index, SOC-3-UTHS had a significant association, although this association was somewhat weaker than that of SOC-13. Therefore, certain levels of convergent and concurrent validities of SOC-3-UTHS have been indicated.

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  • Competing interests: None declared.

  • Abbreviations:
    BASOC
    Brief Assessment of Sense of Coherence
    SOC
    sense of coherence

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