Promoting coping: salutogenesis among people with mental health problems

Issues Ment Health Nurs. 2007 Mar;28(3):275-95. doi: 10.1080/01612840601172627.


This article aims to illustrate how Antonovsky's salutogenic theory and its central concept of sense of coherence can be operationalized into salutogenic therapy principles and an intervention program for promoting a sense of coherence, coping, and mental health among people with mental health problems. The intervention is based on the following five basic components or therapy principles: (1) the health continuum model; (2) the story of the person; (3) health-promoting (salutary) factors; (4) the understanding of tension and strain as potentially health promoting, and (5) active adaptation. The program is a talk therapy group intervention and consists of 16 group meetings and homework. The intervention may serve as a guide to mental health nursing practice when coping is the main target.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological*
  • Attitude to Health
  • Communication
  • Goals
  • Health Promotion / organization & administration*
  • Health Status
  • Humans
  • Leadership
  • Mental Disorders* / prevention & control
  • Mental Disorders* / psychology
  • Mental Health
  • Narration
  • Nurse's Role
  • Organizational Objectives
  • Patient-Centered Care
  • Philosophy, Nursing
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic
  • Problem Solving
  • Psychiatric Nursing / organization & administration
  • Psychological Theory*
  • Quality of Life
  • Self Care / methods
  • Self Care / psychology
  • Self Concept
  • Self-Help Groups / organization & administration*
  • Social Support