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Antonovsky’s sense of coherence and job satisfaction: Meta-analyses of South African data

Deo J.W. Strűmpfer, Gideon P. de Bruin
SA Journal of Industrial Psychology | Vol 35, No 1 | a767 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajip.v35i1.767 | © 2009 Deo J.W. Strűmpfer, Gideon P. de Bruin | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 17 November 2008 | Published: 10 September 2009

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Deo J.W. Strűmpfer, University of Johannesburg, South Africa
Gideon P. de Bruin, University of Johannesburg, South Africa

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Data on the relationship between sense of coherence (SOC) and job satisfaction (JS) were collected from published sources, unpublished theses and unpublished reports. Twenty-four data sets using the SOC long form and 10 sets using the short form were found. Neither the form of SOC nor the type of JS measure moderated the relation. SOC accounted for approximately 18% of the variance in JS. Approximately 10% of the between-study variance was due to real differences in effect size. Correcting for measurement error, SOC accounted for approximately 25% of the variance in JS, and real differences in effect size accounted for less than 1% of the between-study variance.


job satisfaction; sense of coherence; meta-analysis; stress management; job performance


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