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Togari, T. and Yamazaki, Y. (2005) Examination of the reliability and factor validity of 13-item five point version Sense of Coherence Scale. Japanese Journal of Health and Human Ecology, 71, 168-182. doi:10.3861/jshhe.71.168

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  • TITLE: Relationship between sense of coherence and lifestyle in middle-aged workers in Japan

    AUTHORS: Ryuji Ochiai, Syunichi Daitou, Kiyoshi Aoki

    KEYWORDS: Quality of Life; Sense of Coherence; Healthy Lifestyle

    JOURNAL NAME: Health, Vol.4 No.1, January 12, 2012

    ABSTRACT: Metabolic syndrome has recently become a concern in Japan. It is commonly believed that lifestyle quality must be improved and main- tained for optimum health. A cross-sectional survey of middle-aged workers was performed to examine the relationship between a sense of coherence (SOC) and health status. The study further aimed to determine the quality of life necessary to maintain physical and psychologi- cal health. An anonymous online survey was conducted with a panel of respondents regis- tered with an Internet research service. The survey items addressed SOC and awareness of lifestyle habits, specifically lifestyle factors of self-rated health, level of satisfaction, and level of stress. Responses were obtained from 412 women and 206 men. The approximately equal high and low SOC results indicated that self- rated health and level of satisfaction were signi- ficantly higher in both sexes with a high SOC, and such participants also experienced signifi- cantly lower levels of daily stress. With regard to the association between lifestyle factors and health, women with a high SOC tended to have shorter commutes, and a higher percentage ate breakfast daily compared with women with a low SOC. Men with a high SOC worked significantly longer hours, and a higher percentage were ei- ther married or resided with family. No sex dif- ferences in SOC were observed for health be- havior in daily life, and 50% of both women and men reported positive health behavior. Health behavior differed, however, according to SOC and sex. These findings suggest that health pre- servation in daily life of middle-aged worker’s women is possible through sustaining and en- hancing SOC