Sense of coherence and health behaviour in adolescence
Article first published online: 23 JUN 2011
© 2011 The Author(s)/Acta Pædiatrica © 2011 Foundation Acta Pædiatrica
Volume 100, Issue 12, pages 1590–1595, December 2011
How to Cite
Mattila, M.-L. , Rautava, P., Honkinen, P.-L., Ojanlatva, A., Jaakkola, S., Aromaa, M., Suominen, S., Helenius, H. and Sillanpää, M. (2011), Sense of coherence and health behaviour in adolescence. Acta Paediatrica, 100: 1590–1595. doi: 10.1111/j.1651-2227.2011.02376.x
- Issue published online: 8 NOV 2011
- Article first published online: 23 JUN 2011
- Accepted manuscript online: 3 JUN 2011 10:03AM EST
- Received 22 February 2011; revised 11 May 2011; accepted 31 May 2011.
- Health behaviour;
- Sense of coherence;
Aim: To explore associations of Sense of coherence (SOC) with health behaviour and social competence among 15-year-old adolescents.
Methods: Study population is a prospective cohort of a randomized cluster sample of families and their first-born children from south-western Finland in 1986–1987. In this study, cross-sectional data of the 15-year-olds were used. The present data were based on mailed, pretested questionnaires. The outcome variable, SOC, was based on the 13-item scale of Antonovsky’s Orientation to Life Questionnaire (OLQ). The principal explanatory variables were health behaviour, including experienced oral health, and social competence. The statistical analysis was performed using linear regression modelling.
Results: Strong SOC of adolescents associated significantly with lighter use of alcohol, being a non-smoker, better care of oral health and better social competence compared with the others.
Conclusion: Sense of coherence is a useful tool for identifying adolescents in need of extra support and motivation for their health behaviour.