Psychometric examination of the brief multidimensional measure of religiousness/spirituality among college students

Kevin S. Masters, Kate B. Carey, Stephen A. Maisto, Paul E. Caldwell, Thomas V. Wolfe, Harold L. Hackney, Christopher R. France, Lina Himawan

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Abstract

Resurgent interest in the relations between religiousness/spirituality (R/S) and health is evident in the scientific literature but much of the research fails to capture the proposed multidimensional nature of R/S. This problematic situation is compounded by the existence of a plethora of measures mostly lacking substantial empirical or even theoretical support. The Brief Multidimensional Measure of Religiousness/Spirituality (BMMRS) was developed to address measurement confusion by providing a standard instrument for researchers investigating the dimensions of R/S relevant to health. Psychometric properties and factor structure of the BMMRS were investigated in a sample of 374 college students. Exploratory and confirmatory factor analyses suggested a seven-factor structure for the BMMRS. Preliminary construct validity for the instrument was demonstrated. These findings generally support those of previous studies and suggest that the modified BMMRS is a viable multifactor measure of R/S for use with young adults.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)106-120
Number of pages15
JournalEthics and Behavior
Volume19
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Psychology(all)

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