International Journal Of Occupational Health and Public Health Nursing

Sense of Coherence and Health: Survey for Young ICT-employees in Southern Finland

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    The purpose of this study was to describe the sense of coherence and perceived health, and factors related to them, of young employees working in information and communication technology (ICT) in Finland. The data were collected from young employees (N=609, 1935 years old) working in (N=34) ICT-companies. The electronic questionnaire consisted of the SOC-13 questionnaire, a question on self-rated health, and questions on socio-demographic factors. 182 employees took part in this study (response rate 30 %). The data were analyzed with quantitative methods. The sense of coherence of the young ICT-employees was generally good. Most respondents (96 %) rated their health as very good or good. Sense of coherence and self-rated health were strongly interrelated, in that the employees with a strong sense of coherence also rated their health very good. The relationships between self-rated health and all three dimensions of sense of coherence were strong. Self-rated health was also explained by socio-demographic factors, especially gender and age.