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Validity Evidence for the Salutogenic Wellness Promotion Scale (SWPS)

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Objectives : To test the validity, reliability, and uses of the multidimensional Salutogenic Wellness Promotion Scale (SWPS).

Methods : Self-reported (n 2140) demographic and scale data from a large university (23,000 students) were collected and analyzed. Dependent measures included grade point average (GPA) and perceived health.

Results : Analyses confirmed the SWPS's 7-factor multidimensional structure and its use for describing and predicting associated outcomes. The analyses of frequency distributions, means, correlations, and regressions found significant relationships between measured health behaviors, perceived health, and GPA.

Conclusions : The SWPS provides valid and reliable information about positive health potential for research and field health professionals.

Keywords: health assessments; health promotion; health status; positive health; salutogenesis

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1 Assistant Professor, Department of Health Education & Promotion, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC.

Publication date: July 1, 2009

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  • The American Journal of Health Behavior seeks to improve the quality of life through multidisciplinary health efforts in fostering a better understanding of the multidimensional nature of both individuals and social systems as they relate to health behaviors.

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