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The Handbook of Salutogenesis

Editors: Mittelmark, M.B., Sagy, S., Eriksson, M., Bauer, G., Pelikan, J.M., Lindström, B., Espnes, G.A. (Eds.)

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  • Comprehensive overview of salutogenesis and its contribution to health promotion theory
  • Written by thought leaders at the International Union for Health Promotion and Education
  • Features a major section summarizing the research in salutogenesis in non-English literatures
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This in-depth survey of salutogenesis shows the breadth and strengths of this innovative perspective on health promotion, health care, and wellness. Background and historical chapters trace the development of the salutogenic model of health, and flesh out the central concepts, most notably generalized resistance resources and the sense of coherence, that differentiate it from pathogenesis. From there, experts describe a range of real-world applications within and outside health contexts, from positive psychology to geriatrics, from small towns to corrections facilities, and from school and workplace to professional training. Perspectives from scholars publishing in languages other than English show the global relevance of the field.

Among the topics in the Handbook:
·         Emerging ideas relevant to the salutogenic model of health

·         Specific resistance resources in the salutogenic model of health

·         The sense of coherence and its measurement

·         The application of salutogenesis in communities and neighborhoods

·         The application of salutogenesis to health development in youth with chronic conditions

·         The application of salutogenesis in mental health care settings

The Handbook of Salutogenesis summarizes an increasingly salient field for graduate and professional students of public health, nursing, psychology, and medicine, and for their instructors. It will also appeal to health-related academicians and professionals who wish to have a thorough grounding in the topic.

About the authors

Maurice B. Mittelmark is a psychologist and epidemiologist, and a fellow of the American College of Epidemiology. He conducted health behaviour research and community-based studies of chronic disease prevention at the University of Minnesota from 1978 to 1987. At Wake Forest University (1987-1995), he directed the Center for Human Services Research and several community studies related to the health needs of vulnerable population subgroups, including older adults and African-Americans. At the University of Bergen in Norway since 1995, in the Department of Health Promotion and Development, his research interests include health promotion partnerships, salutogenesis, and health equity in the Global South. Professor Mittelmark was President of the International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE) in the period 2001-2007 and served after that as IUHPE Vice President for Communications, and Editor-in-Chief of the IUHPE's journal Global Health Promotion.
Shifra Sagy is director of the Martin Springer Center for Conflict Studies, and professor emerita of Psychology in the Department of Education at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Beer-Sheva, Israel.
Monica Eriksson is senior lecturer in Public Health, associate professor in Health Promotion, and head of the Center on Salutogenesis at University West in Trollhättan, Sweden.
Georg F. Bauer is professor and head of the Division of Public and Organizational Health at the Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine, University of Zürich and Center for Organizational and Occupational Sciences, ETH Zürich in Switzerland.
Jürgen M. Pelikan is an emeritus professor of Sociology at the University of Vienna, and director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Center for Health Promotion in Hospitals and Health Care at the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Health Promotion Research in Vienna, Austria.
Bengt Lindström is professor of Salutogenesis and Health Promotion at NTNU (Norwegian University of Science and Technology) in Norway, and chair of IUHPE Global Working Group on Salutogenesis.
Geir Arild Espnes is professor and director at NTNU Center for Health Promotion Research (Sør-Trøndelag University College and Norwegian University of Science and Technology) in Trondheim, Norway.


“The purpose is to acquaint researchers with the concept of salutogenesis and how it relates to all areas of healthcare and populations. This is a very worthy objective, which the book meets. The intended audience is researchers and students interested in health promotion and the idea of salutogenesis or coherence in a variety of healthcare settings. … I found this book fascinating. … I would highly recommend this book for those professionals interested in health promotion research.” (Cynthia Lee Cummings, Doody's Book Reviews, December, 2016)

Table of contents (49 chapters)

Table of contents (49 chapters)
  • Introduction to the Handbook of Salutogenesis

    Pages 3-5

    Mittelmark, Maurice B.

  • The Meanings of Salutogenesis

    Pages 7-13

    Mittelmark, Maurice B. (et al.)

  • Aaron Antonovsky, the Scholar and the Man Behind Salutogenesis

    Pages 15-23

    Antonovsky, Avishai (et al.)

  • Aaron Antonovsky’s Development of Salutogenesis, 1979 to 1994

    Pages 25-40

    Vinje, Hege Forbech (et al.)

  • Salutogenesis in the Era After Antonovsky

    Pages 43-44

    Sagy, Shifra

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Handbook of Salutogenesis
  • Maurice B. Mittelmark
  • Shifra Sagy
  • Monica Eriksson
  • Georg Bauer
  • Jürgen M. Pelikan
  • Bengt Lindström
  • Geir Arild Espnes
Springer International Publishing
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The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
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Number of Pages
XXXVI, 461
Number of Illustrations
28 b/w illustrations, 114 illustrations in colour