Work Sense of Coherence (Work SOC)

The team of the Center of Salutogenesis at the University of Zurich in Switzerland has developed a questionnaire to measure the work-related sense of coherence (Work SoC). It is a nine-item seven-point Likert-type scale that assess the experience of comprehensibility, manageability and meaningfulness in the workplace. It has been and continues to be translated into several other languages, including English, German, Norwegian, ...

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Development of the scale


  • Vogt, K., Hakanen, J. J., Jenny, G. J., & Bauer, G. F. (2016). Sense of coherence and the motivational process of the job-demands–resources model. Journal of occupational health psychology, 21(2), 194. (in English)

  • Bauer, G. F., Vogt, K., Inauen, A., & Jenny, G. J. (2015). Work-SoC–Entwicklung und Validierung einer Skala zur Erfassung des arbeitsbezogenen Kohärenzgefühls. Zeitschrift für Gesundheitspsychologie. (in German)

Validation studies


  • Grødal, K., Innstrand, S. T., Bauer, G. F., Haugan, G., Rannestad, T., & André, B. (2018). Validation of the Norwegian version of the work-related sense of coherence scale. Scandinavian journal of public health, 46(7), 711-717.