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Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Prevention Institute

Salutogenesis and positive health development at work

This ongoing project blends a range of models and concepts into a framework for researching positive health development at work. This framework (“JD-R Health Model”) focuses on a positive, salutogenic and a negative, pathogenic health development path. The salutogenic path describes a process in which job resources lead to positive activation, growth and development and thus to positive health. Positive health is defined as physical, mental, and social self-fulfillment. Examples are energetic fitness, happiness, psychological well-being, and being embedded in harmonious relationships.The project aims to advance measures of positive health in the working context and to better understand the role of the sense of coherence (SoC) and work-related sense of coherence (Work-SoC) in both salutogenic and pathogenic health development.


  • Brauchli, R., Jenny, G. J., Füllemann, D., & Bauer, G. F. (2015). Towards a Job Demands-Resources Health Model: Empirical Testing with Generalizable Indicators of Job Demands, Job Resources, and Comprehensive Health Outcomes. BioMed Research International, 2015, 1–12.
  • Broetje, S., Bauer, G. F., & Jenny, G. J. (2020). The relationship between resourceful working conditions, work-related and general sense of coherence. Health Promotion International, 35(5).
  • Broetje, S., Jenny, G. J., & Bauer, G. F. (2020). The Key Job Demands and Resources of Nursing Staff: An Integrative Review of Reviews. Frontiers in Psychology, 11(January).
  • Jenny, G. J., Bauer, G. F., Füllemann, D., Broetje, S., & Brauchli, R. (2020). “Resources-Demands Ratio”: Translating the JD-R-Model for company stakeholders. Journal of Occupational Health, 62(1).
  • Jenny, G. J., Bauer, G. F., Vinje, H. F., Brauchli, R., Vogt, K., & Torp, S. (2022). Applying Salutogenesis in the Workplace. In The Handbook of Salutogenesis (pp. 321–336). Springer International Publishing.
  • Schreiber, M., & Jenny, G. J. (2020). Development and validation of the ‘Lebender emoticon PANAVA’ scale (LE-PANAVA) for digitally measuring positive and negative activation, and valence via emoticons. Personality and Individual Differences, 160, 109923.
  • 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), 194–207. 

Weiterführende Informationen


Gregor Jenny (Project Leader)
Georg Bauer
Sylvia Lisman-Broetje