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Table 1 Overview items characteristics and test halves composition (N = 1361)

From: Psychometric properties of the OLQ-13 scale to measure Sense of Coherence in a community-dwelling older population

Item (dim) Question Mean Sd th 1 a/b th 2 a/b th 3 a/b
A (ME) Do you have the feeling that you don't really care about what goes on around you? (recode) 5.38 a b b
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 1.49    
  Seldom or never Very often     
B (CO) Have you ever been surprised by the behavior of people you thought you knew well? (recode) 4.69 a b b
         1.77    
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7     
  Never happened Always happened     
C (MA) Have people you counted on, disappointed you? (recode) 4.80 a a a
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 1.78    
  Never happened Always happened     
D (ME) Until now your life has had: 4.64 a a a
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 1.72    
  No clear goals or purposes at all Very clear goals or purposes     
E (MA) Do you have the feeling that you are being treated unfairly? 5.41 a a a
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 1.60    
  Very often Seldom or never     
F(CO) Do you have the feeling that you are in an unfamiliar situation and don't know what to do? 5.69 a a b
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 1.44    
  Very often Seldom or never     
G (ME) The things you do every day are (recode): 5.25 a b a
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 1.20    
  A source of deep pleasure and satisfaction a source of pain and boredom     
H (CO) How often are you're feelings and ideas mixed-up? 5.82 b a a
  1 1.40 2 3 4 5 6 7    
  Very often Seldom or never     
I (CO) Do you sometimes have feelings you would rather not have? 5.31 b b b
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 1.55    
  Very often Seldom or never     
J (MA) Many people - even those with a strong character - sometimes feel unlucky in certain situations. How often have you felt this way in the past? (recode) 5.21 1.60 b b b
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7     
  Seldom or never Very often     
K (CO) When something happened, do you in your opinion usually: 4.97 b a b
  1 1.36 2 3 4 5 6 7    
  Over- or underestimate it's importance ... saw things in the right proportion.     
L (ME) How often do you have the feeling that there's little meaning in the things you do in your daily life? 5.49 1.38 b a a
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7     
  Very often Seldom or never     
M (MA) How often do you have feelings of which you're not sure if you can control them? 5.56 1.41 b b a
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7     
  Very often Seldom or never