Original Articles

The Factor Structure and Reliability of a Six-Item Sense of Coherence Measure

Published in: Journal of Psychology in Africa
Volume 22, issue 4, 2012 , pages: 633–639
DOI: 10.1080/14330237.2012.10820579
Author(s): Antoni BarnardUniversity of South Africa,, Helene MullerUniversity of South Africa,


The study investigated the factor structure and reliability of a six-item sense of coherence (SOC) measure. Participants were a South African white collar employee sample (n=7185) purposively selected from over 300 different companies across various business sectors. The sample constituted 34% male and 66% female and 34% Black, 18% Coloured, 11% Indian and 37% White employees. Exploratory factor analysis (EFA) was used for the structural analysis. The reliability of the scores was also estimated. A unidimensional structure seemed to best represent the six-item SOC measure. The internal reliability of the scores from the measure was high.

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