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Sense of Coherence and Biomarkers of Health in 43-Year-Old Women.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology. Centre for Health Equity Studies (CHESS).
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology. Centre for Health Equity Studies (CHESS).
2005 (English)In: International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, ISSN 1070-5503, Vol. 12, no 2, 98-102 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The aim of this cross-sectional study was to investigate how sense of coherence (SOC) relates to biomarkers of health in 43-year-old nonsmoking premenopausal women. Before taking part in a standardized medical health examination including assessment of blood pressure, blood lipids, and physical symptoms, participants completed a three-item measure of SOC. On the basis of their SOC scores, the 244 women with complete datasets were categorized into 1 of 3 groups with a weak, intermediate, or strong SOC. Results showed that women with a strong SOC had significantly lower levels of systolic blood pressure (p < .05) and total cholesterol (p < .05) than did women with a weak SOC. It is suggested that the lower levels of systolic blood pressure and total cholesterol found in women with a strong SOC may constitute a biological buffer against ill health and disease.

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2005. Vol. 12, no 2, 98-102 p.
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sense of coherence, health biomarkers, nonsmoking premenopausal women
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-13492OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-13492DiVA: diva2:180012
Available from: 2008-04-09 Created: 2008-04-09 Last updated: 2011-01-12Bibliographically approved

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