The unfavourable health status characterized - among others - by an increasing prevalence of mental diseases of the Hungarian population underlines the urgency of studying those factors in their complexity that determine the health status of the population. However, appropriate Hungarian-language tools required for such investigations have been in short supply. Our study was designed to validate the abbreviated sense of coherence (SOC) questionnaire of Antonovsky. The Hungarian versions of the General Health Questionnaire (GHQ-12) and perceived health as applied in the National Health Behaviour Survey of 2003 as well as the abbreviated Beck depression scale were used for comparison. A chance sample of 128 persons from five widely differing social strata (high school teachers, university students, administrative workers, socially disadvantaged persons with low education, and retired persons) answered the questionnaire. Internal consistency of the SOC questionnaire was characterized by Cronbach-alfa value (0.82). Correlation between SOC and other health domains was investigated by linear and ordered logistic regression depending on the type of the variables analysed. According to our results, SOC showed an excellent criterion and construct validity as well as test-retest validity. Sense of coherence showed a significant correlation with perceived health, GHQ-measure and depression. The validated Hungarian version of the sense of coherence scale can contribute to the enlargement of the pool of appropriate tools for measuring health determinants of the population.
|Translated title of the contribution||Validation of the hungarian versions of the abbreviated sense of coherence (SOC) scale and the General Health Questionnaire (GHQ-12)|
|Number of pages||15|
|Journal||Mentalhigiene es Pszichoszomatika|
|Publication status||Published - Jun 1 2007|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
- Psychiatry and Mental health