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University West, Department of Nursing, Health and Culture has in 2011 established the Center on Salutogenesis. We are today responsible for the a the website We are running a systematic and analytical research synthesis on salutogenic research 1992-up to date. The website is a continuation of a former one located in Helsinki, Finland. The new website is now in Swedish and in English.

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Salutogenisis and coaching: Testing a proof of concept to develop a model for practitioners

United Kingdom

Mean age 45
Qualitative case study

Content analysis
To test a proof of concept of a Salutogenic coaching model for coaching practitioners
SOC Scale
7-point Likert scale
Statistical data

Statistical data  - This was a qualitative study, statistical data is limited to identifying whether the three mains aspects of the constructed Salutogenic coaching model may have had a positive effect on the study coachee’s wellbeing, and whether the study coaches themselves found the model useful in their coaching practice. Clustering of data centred on whether the study coachees arrived at an understanding or appreciation of what lay at their ‘primordial centre’, and how they may have ended up at the periphery from this. It also explored what might alert them to being away from their primordial centre in the future and, finally, whether the metaphor of a SoC pathway that included developing a SoC through ‘comprehension, management and meaning’ was helpful in moving them towards a better state of wellbeing.

Main result
Main results -As a proof of concept the study coaches needed to ascertain whether the Salutogenic model fulfilled the primary purpose to “enhance wellbeing, improve performance and facilitate individual and organisational change” (Grant, 2005 p.1). Part of this purpose was to make the process of Salutogenic coaching simple for professional coaches, in essence there were two key questions: a) did the Salutogenic model work for the study coaches? and b) did it work for the study coachees? Testing of the Salutogenic model was simply to identify whether the Salutogenic model actually worked in practice. The study coaches discovered during and after the study that the structured three step process of locating the study coachee’s primordial centre, identifying factors that alerted the study coachee to when they are on the periphery of this, and constructing a pathway back to the primordial centre wasmade accessible through the visual model. The model was efficacious in as much as it contributed to achieving known constructs within the Salutogenic paradigm (Cilliars and Ngokha, 2006); this resulted in progress towards self-actualisation and sustained resilience at an individual and group level (Carr, 2004; Campbell, 2009).
Limitations of the study Although generalisability is limited due to the fact the pilot test was a small qualitative study (Honigmann, 1982). The strength of the overall study lies in the fact that it was triangulated across three cases, each focusing on a specific coaching speciality and each with a different case study sample size. The study coaches also used a range of data sources that included note taking, reflective journals and observations in the field. Generalisation of the study findings are however restricted due to the fact that the study used only small purposeful or ‘judgment sampling’ (Honigmann, 1982, p. 80).



 Salutogenisis and coaching: Testing a proof of concept to develop a model for practitioners. International Journal of Evidence Based Coaching and Mentoring Vol.12, No.2, August 2014.

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