Equity in Social Welfare and Global Development Research Group

The open-access Handbook of Salutogenesis, 2nd Edition is now available

The book traces the development of the salutogenic model of health and fleshes out the central concepts, most notably coping resources and the sense of coherence that differentiate salutogenesis from pathogenesis.

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The open-access Handbook of Salutogenesis, 2nd Edition  is now available! 

Maurice B. Mittelmark is Professor Emeritus, Department of Health Promotion and Development and Main Editor of this book. Other research group members have contributed in the 2nd edition.

The chapters describe a range of real-world applications within and outside health contexts. Many chapters emphasize intervention research findings. Readers will find numerous practical examples of how to implement salutogenesis to enhance the health and well-being of families, infants and young children, adolescents, unemployed young people, pre-retirement adults, and older people.

A dedicated section addresses how salutogenesis helps tackle vulnerability, with chapters on at-risk children, migrants, prisoners, emergency workers, and disaster-stricken communities.  Wide-ranging coverage includes new topics beyond health, like intergroup conflict, politics and policy-making, and architecture. 

The book also focuses on applying salutogenesis in birth and neonatal care clinics, hospitals and primary care, schools and universities, workplaces, and towns and cities. A special section focuses on developments in salutogenesis methods and theory.