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Sense of coherence of reindeer herders and other Samis in comparison to other Swedish citizens
School of Health Sciences, Jönköping University, Jönköping, Sweden .
School of Health Sciences, Jönköping University, Jönköping, Sweden .
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Work. School of Health Sciences, Jönköping University, Jönköping, Sweden .ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8158-0486
2013 (English)In: International Journal of Circumpolar Health, ISSN 1239-9736, Vol. 72, no 1, Art. no. 20633- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Background. Samis are indigenous people in north Europe. In the territory called Sapmi (Lapland), reindeer herding is the traditional base for the Sami economy. The relation between living conditions and positive health of the Swedish Samis has been sparsely studied. As health is closely linked to sense of coherence (SOC), an understanding of the background factors to SOC may contribute knowledge that might be useful in promoting living conditions and health. Methods. The study examines relations between the level of SOC and background factors from surveys in a Sami population (n = 613) in comparison to a non-Sami population (n = 525) in Sweden, and in comparison between 2 subsamples of Samis, that is, herders and non-herders. Results. There are more similarities than differences between the Sami and non-Sami populations. However, dividing the Sami population, reindeer herders had significantly lower SOC, and in specific the subcomponent manageability, that is, less ability to use available resources to meet different demands in life, compared to non-herders. Conclusions. In addition to age and health, predictors of SOC are related to the life form of reindeer husbandry and the belonging to the herding community.

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2013. Vol. 72, no 1, Art. no. 20633- p.
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General resistance resources, Health determinants, Meaning of reindeer herding, Non-Sami population, Sami life form, Sami population, Sense of coherence, Social support, Survey, Threats to reindeer herding
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Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-19915DOI: 10.3402/ijch.v72i0.20633ISI: 000322601000001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84880097529OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-19915DiVA: diva2:655831
Available from: 2013-10-14 Created: 2013-09-25 Last updated: 2016-10-18Bibliographically approved

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