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Oral health-related resources - a salutogenic perspective on Swedish 19-year-olds

Journal article
Authors U. Lindmark
Kajsa H. Abrahamsson
Published in International Journal of Dental Hygiene
Volume 13
Issue 1
Pages 56-64
ISSN 1601-5029
Publication year 2015
Published at Institute of Odontology, Section 2
Pages 56-64
Language en
Keywords behavioural science, oral health promotion, sense of coherence, young adults, COHERENCE SCALE, ANTONOVSKYS SENSE, DENTATE ADULTS, ADOLESCENTS, POPULATION, BEHAVIOR, CARIES, RELIGIOSITY, JERUSALEM, VALIDITY, Dentistry, Oral Surgery & Medicine
Subject categories Dentistry


The aim was to explore health-oriented resources among 19-year-olds and, specifically, how these resources interact with oral health-related attitudes and behaviour. To represent individuals with various psychosocial environments and socioeconomic areas, the participants were selected from different geographical locations of the Public Dental Service clinics in the county of Jonkoping, Sweden. A structured questionnaire was distributed, including the instrument sense of coherence', for description of the study group, followed by a semi-structured thematized interview. The qualitative method used for sampling and analyses was grounded theory. Data sampling and analysis were performed in parallel procedures and ended up in a sample of ten informants (five women). In the analysis of interview data, a core category was identified, Resources of Wealth and Balance in Life - a Foundation for Healthy Choices', describing the central meaning of the informants' perceptions of resources with an essential beneficial impact on oral health. The core category was built on five themes, which in turn had various subthemes, describing different dimensions of resources interacting with beneficial oral health-related attitudes and behaviour: Security-building Resources and Support', Driving force and Motivation', Maturity and Insight', Health Awareness' and Environmental influences.' The results elucidate personal and environmental health-oriented resources with influence on oral health-related attitudes and behaviours of young individuals. Such beneficial recourses should be recognized by dental personnel to promote oral health.

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