Aaron Antonovsky (1923-1994): The Personal, Ideological, and Intellectual Genesis of Salutogenesis

Avishai Antonovsky, Shifra Sagy

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This chapter is of particular importance in the handbook. Written by Aaron Antonovsky’s son Avishai Antonovsky, and by one of his closest colleagues and former PhD student, Shifra Sagy, this chapter provides the first biography of the founding father of salutogenesis. The authors share their insight regarding the development of the salutogenic idea, by drawing lines connecting it to the person Aaron Antonovsky was. They were very close to Aaron for several decades, and their familiarity with his background contributes to understanding the development of salutogenesis. They shed some light on Aaron’s personal experiences, ideological beliefs, and professional development throughout his life, until the crystallization of the salutogenic idea.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Handbook of Salutogenesis
Subtitle of host publicationSecond Edition
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9783030795153
ISBN (Print)9783030795146
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2022


  • Aaron Antonovsky biography
  • History of salutogenesis
  • Mileposts
  • Salutogenic model
  • Sense of Coherence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine
  • General Social Sciences


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