Sense of Coherence

Publication Title: 
International Review of Psychiatry (Abingdon, England)

The Salutogenesis theory and its essential component, the sense of coherence (SOC) is an epigenetic concept. The SOC was defined as a 'way of being in the world'. As such it is most important that one's SOC will be intact for healthy mental status. Collisions between western and non-western cultures might interfere in the process of psychiatric and psychotherapeutic treatment. This review demonstrates the importance of a culture-sensitive approach and therapy and the usefulness of specific culture-sensitive services for certain non-western populations.

Author(s): 
Benyamin, Maoz
Hadar, Shalev
Asher, Shiber
Publication Title: 
European Journal of Oral Sciences

The main purpose of this study was to explore whether subjective perception of interaction with dental staff is associated with dental fear in a population-based sample of 18-yr-old adolescents (n = 773). The interaction was measured using the Patient Dental Staff Interaction Questionnaire (PDSIQ), validated with exploratory and confirmatory factor analyses, which yielded the factors of 'kind atmosphere and mutual communication', 'roughness', 'insecurity', 'trust and safety', and 'shame and guilt'.

Author(s): 
Jaakkola, Sirkka
Lahti, Satu
R‰ih‰, Hannele
Saarinen, Maiju
Tolvanen, Mimmi
Aromaa, Minna
Sillanp‰‰, Matti
Suominen, Sakari
Mattila, Marja-Leena
Rautava, P‰ivi
Publication Title: 
Psychiatric Services (Washington, D.C.)

OBJECTIVE: The study sought to broaden the focus of research on caregivers' burden by examining caregiving rewards and their relation to coping skills. METHODS: Data from semistructured interviews with 60 family caregivers of patients with mental illness in Germany were examined by content analysis. Information was gathered with the Freiburg Questionnaire on Coping With Illness. Both t tests and regression analyses were used to analyze data. RESULTS: Caregivers made 413 statements about rewards, which were assigned to six categories.

Author(s): 
Bauer, Rita
Sterzinger, Linda
Koepke, Franziska
Spiessl, Hermann
Publication Title: 
The International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis

Hypnosis has already been proven efficient in treatment of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). The author was responsible for the hypnotherapy in a Swedish study and adds her clinical experience with IBS patients within and beyond that study. The hypnosis was labeled dynamic, and the treatment utilized the therapists' clinical competence and individually tailored techniques, including gut-oriented symptom relief and hypnoanalysis, separately or in combination. The author presents 2 cases, 1 with a focus on symptom relief and 1 on exploring traumatic causes.

Author(s): 
Carolusson, Susanna
Publication Title: 
Journal of Addictions Nursing

Over the last 20 years, there has been an increase in substance abuse research focusing on the efficacy of 12-step programs like Alcoholics Anonymous. Results indicate that AA reduces relapse risk and works as well as cognitive behavioral therapy and motivational interviewing in reducing the quantity and frequency of alcohol use. More recent studies have focused on identifying the mechanisms of behavior change at work in AA, especially the use of spiritual practices in the maintenance of sobriety.

Author(s): 
Tusa, Anastasia L.
Burgholzer, Jill A.
Publication Title: 
The Indian Journal of Medical Research

BACKGROUND & OBJECTIVES: With advances in knowledge about health promotion, public health professionals are in search for the determinants of personal health behaviours. This study was carried out to explore the level of engagement of north Indian students in health promoting behaviours; to determine their sense of coherence scores; and to ascertain the determinants of health promoting behaviours of these students. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was done in four randomly selected colleges of Chandigarh during 2007-2008 in 200 students (100 male, 100 female).

Author(s): 
Suraj, Senjam
Singh, Amarjeet
Publication Title: 
Contemporary Nurse

Health workers in general, and midwives and nurses in particular, experience high levels of stress/distress due to the nature of their work and workplaces; and, their socialization into ways of working that minimizes the likelihood of self-care. Increasing interest in the development of resilient workers has meant an enormous growth in interest in the role of holistic practices such as mindfulness meditation. Kabat-Zinn's mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) is one of the most commonly used by those seeking to practise, theorize or research mindfulness across multiple contexts.

Author(s): 
Foureur, Maralyn
Besley, Karyn
Burton, Geraldine
Yu, Nickolas
Crisp, Jackie
Publication Title: 
Death Studies

The hospice philosophy was founded on a mission to provide comprehensive and holistic services to individuals at the end of life. Hospice interdisciplinary teams work together to offer therapies such as spiritual services, comfort care, and massage therapy to meet patients' physical, psychological, emotional, and spiritual needs. Although the hospice philosophy is guided toward patient-centered care, limited research has examined how patients understand holistic care services.

Author(s): 
Pederson, Sarah Nebel
Emmers-Sommer, Tara M.
Publication Title: 
Holistic Nursing Practice

The purpose of this study was to examine the mental health effects of Tai chi on regular practitioners by investigating the relationships between flow experience, IKIGAI (Japanese: "Life worth living"), and sense of coherence. The results indicated that flow experience may influence IKIGAI and IKIGAI may influence sense of coherence; this suggests that IKIGAI may act as an intermediary between flow experience and sense of coherence. The results also indicated that the longer the Tai chi experience, the higher was the flow experience.

Author(s): 
Iida, Kenji
Oguma, Yuko
Publication Title: 
Holistic Nursing Practice

This study examined the relationship between flow experience and sense of coherence in 279 tai chi practitioners aged 67.9 ± 7.9 years, with a 1-year follow-up questionnaire. Our results suggest that tai chi improves sense of coherence in older adults, beginners, and long-term practitioners.

Author(s): 
Iida, Kenji
Oguma, Yuko

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