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SOC-29 Orientation to Life Questionnaire

The orientation to life questionnaire (OLQ) is the operational definition of the salutogenic model's core construct, the sense of coherence (SOC). The questionnaire has been found to be reliable (internal consistency and temporal stability) and valid (convergent and discriminant construct validity) in thousands of studies conducted in dozens of countries.

If you are not sure which version of the SOC scale (orientation to life questionnaire) to use, or if you are not sure it is suitable for your study, you may post a question on the SOC Scales Forum.

Note that access to the scales is available to STARS members only. If you are researching in the field of Salutogenesis, consider joining. Membership is free. Click here for more information. 

The 29-item version of the Orientation to Life Questionnaire is the original questionnaire used to measure the sense of coherence. 11 items measure the comprehensibility component, 10 items measure the manageability component, and 8 items measure the meaningfulness component. 


The SOC-29 is available in Croatian, Czech, English, German, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Japanese, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, and Welsh.


Please note that on the download page for the questionnaires you will find a codification file with detailed instructions on scoring that you are required to use.

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