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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.

We continuously update the sites including the database (only in English). However, to build up and keep it  updated is time consuming. Therefore we invite authors of scientific papers published in peer reviewed journals to join us in this task. Please fill in a review protocol (in English) of your study in line with the presented model. Please send your review protocol to the Responsible Editor of the website, Monica Eriksson. We will thereafter put the information into the Database. This is a possibility for Authors to spread their findings to all of us interested in the field of salutogenesis. Thank you for your cooperation!


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Using the salutogenic approach to unravel informal caregivers’ resources to health. Theory and methodology

Exploratory study, Mixed-study design

Comperative-fit index
To describe how the approach derived from the salutogenic theory was used and how it permeated the study from design, data collection and analysis to findings. To discuss how participating in a study using this approach was experienced and how the methodology may be improved.
SOC Scale
SOC-29, 7-point Likert scale
Statistical data
The SOC-scale was part of an interview-package. It was utilized as structured questions, whereas caregivers’ reasoning when answering was recorded and analyzed together with data from all sequences of the interviews using qualitative methodology.
SOC-values are not presented.
Main result

Limitations of the study
The study is based on salutogenic interviews with 32 Swedish informal caregivers and data was mainly analysed utilizing qualitative methodology.
The article describes strengths and limitations and suggests improvements for anyone interested in using the approach and methodology. 
Main results
The methodology and approach made it possible to identify Generalized Resistance Resources, GRRs, that 32 Swedish, informal caregivers used to obtain positive experiences of caregiving, but also hindrances for such usage contributing to negative experiences. Mixed data made it possible to derive a synthesis of findings; Caregivinghood. Participation in the study was found to be a reflective, mainly positive, empowering and enlightening experience.
The methodology was advantageous, but time-consuming, as it in one study unravelled caregiver-GRRs and hindrances for their usage on individual, communal and contextual levels. It is suggested that the ability to describe Caregivinghood may be essential when developing health-promoting strategies for caregivers.

Wennerberg, M.M.T., Lundgren, S.M., & Danielson, E. (2012).Using the salutogenic approach to unravel informal caregivers’ resources to health Theory and methodology. Aging & Mental Health, 16, 391–402. doi:10.1080/13607863.2011.628974

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