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Contextualising the Salutogenesis and Antonovsky in Public Health Development
University West, Department of Nursing, Health and Culture, Divison for Health, Culture and Educational Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3452-3761
2006 (English)In: Health Promotion International, ISSN 0957-4824, E-ISSN 1460-2245, Vol. 21, no 3, 238-244 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

More than 20 years have passed since the American-Israeli medical sociologist Aaron Antonovsky introduced his salutogenic theory ‘sense of coherence’ as a global orientation to view the world, claiming that the way people view their life has a positive influence on their health. Sense of coherence explains why people in stressful situations stay well and even are able to improve their health. The origin of salutogenesis derives from the interviews of Israeli women with experiences from the concentration camps of the Second World War who in spite of this stayed healthy. Sixty years after the Holocaust this paper aim to shed light on the salutogenic theory in the context of public health and health promotion. In addition, other approaches with salutogenic elements for the explanation of health are considered. A potential direction for public health of the early 21st century is proposed. The historical paradox is to honour the victims of the Holocaust and see the birth of post-modern public health and the salutogenic framework through the experience of its survivors in the ashes of Modernity.

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United Kingdom: Oxford University Press, 2006. Vol. 21, no 3, 238-244 p.
Keyword [en]
public health, health promotion, salutogenesis
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Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
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NURSING AND PUBLIC HEALTH SCIENCE, Public health science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-6260DOI: 10.1093/heapro/dal016OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-6260DiVA: diva2:719260
Available from: 2014-05-23 Created: 2014-05-23 Last updated: 2015-02-03Bibliographically approved

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