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SOC-13 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 13-item version of the Orientation to Life Questionnaire is the shortened version of the SOC-29. Its psychometric properties are good and it is offered in several languages. It is especially useful for measuring sense of coherence when used in long questionnaires that include other measures, as well as for populations who need assistance in filling out the questionnaire, or when administering it face-to-face.


The SOC-13 is available in Arabic, Chinese, Croatian, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Georgian, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Kannada, Korean, Lithuanian, Malay, Norwegian, Nepali, Portuguese (Brazil), Romanian, Russian, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Tamil, Thai, Turkish, and Urdu.

​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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