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  1. Bengt Lindström,
  2. Monica Eriksson
  1. Nordic School of Public Health, Gothenburg, Sweden
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr B Linström
 Nordic School of Public Health, PO Box 12133, S-40242 Gothenburg, Sweden;


The editor of the journal has taken the initiative to develop glossaries on central concepts in health promotion. The aim of this paper is to explain and clarify the key concepts of the salutogenic theory sense of coherence coined by Aaron Antonovsky. The explanations and interpretations are the result of an analysis of the scientific evidence base of the first 25 years of salutogenic research, described and discussed in an ongoing project on a systematic review by the above authors. The contemporary evidence shows the salutogenic approach could have a more central position in public health and health promotion research and practice. Furthermore, it could contribute to the solution of some of the most urgent public health problems of our time such as the question of mental health promotion. Finally, it could create a solid theoretical framework for health promotion.

  • salutogenesis
  • sense of coherence

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  • Funding: this study was supported by grants from the European Commission (European Masters in Health Promotion, EUMAHP) and the Nordic School of Public Health.

  • Conflicts of interest: none declared.

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