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The Handbook of Salutogenesis

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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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About this book

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.

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Table of contents (49 chapters)

  1. Overview and Origins of Salutogenesis

  2. Salutogenesis: New Directions

  3. The Salutogenic Construct of the Sense of Coherence

  4. The Application of Salutogenesis in Everyday Settings


“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)

Editors and Affiliations

  • Department of Health Promotion and Development, University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway

    Maurice B. Mittelmark

  • Martin Springer Center for Conflict Studies and Department of Education, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beersheba, Israel

    Shifra Sagy

  • Department of Health Sciences, University West, Trollhättan, Sweden

    Monica Eriksson

  • Division of Public and Organizational Health, Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Prevention Institute, University of Zürich, Zürich, Switzerland

    Georg F. Bauer

  • WHO-CC Health Promotion in Hospitals and Health Care, Ludwig Boltzmann Institute Health Promotion Research, Vienna, Austria

    Jürgen M. Pelikan

  • NTNU Center for Health Promotion and Resources, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway

    Bengt Lindström

  • NTNU Center for Health Promotion Research, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway

    Geir Arild Espnes

About the editors


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'sjournal 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.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: The Handbook of Salutogenesis

  • Editors: Maurice B. Mittelmark, Shifra Sagy, Monica Eriksson, Georg F. Bauer, Jürgen M. Pelikan, Bengt Lindström, Geir Arild Espnes

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Medicine, Medicine (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-319-04600-6Published: 02 September 2016

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XXXVI, 461

  • Number of Illustrations: 28 b/w illustrations, 114 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Medical Sociology, Health Psychology

  • Industry Sectors: Biotechnology

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