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Sacred Marriage Scales






Two scales examine couples' perspectives on the role of God in their marriages. The Sacred Marriage scales are the work of Mahoney, Pargament, and DeMaris (2009).

The first scale looks at the role of God in their marriage. There are 10-items. Couples are advised that they substitute another word for God as may be applicable to their spirituality.

Examples and a reference are included below.

Revised Manifestation of God in Marriage

     Following are the instructions

Directions: Some of the following questions use the word "God." Different people use different terms for God, such as "Higher Power," "Divine Spirit," "Spiritual Force," "Holy Spirit," "Yahweh," "Allah,", "Buddha”, or “Goddess.” Please feel free to substitute your own word for God when answering any of the questions that follow. Also, some people do not believe in God. If this is the case for you, please feel free to choose the "strongly disagree" response when needed.
  Two sample items:
   
     1) God played a role in how I ended up being married to my spouse.


     2) I sense God’s presence in my relationship with my spouse.

Revised Sacred Qualities of Marriage

The Revised Sacred Qualities of Marriage also consists of 10-items rated on the 7-point scale of agreement mentioned above. The scale focuses on a person’s view of  marriage as having divine or sacred qualities. 


  Two sample items:

     1) My marriage is holy.


     2) Being with my spouse feels like a deeply spiritual experience.

Scoring

There are 10-items in the scales. 

Participants are asked to respond on a 1 to 7 scale where
 1 = Strongly Disagree, 4 = neutral, and 7 = Strongly Agree.

Psychometric properties

The article (Mahoney et al., 2009) includes information on the structure of the measures and evidence of adequate internal consistency. Both measures were also positively correlated with positive spiritual coping as measured on the RCOPE.


Availability

Here's the internet address for the scales:

https://www.bgsu.edu/content/dam/BGSU/college-of-arts-and-sciences/psychology/psy-spirit-fam-mahoney/Original_Revised_Sanctification_Scales.pdf 

The Mahoney et al. (2009) reference also contains scale items.

Reference

Mahoney, A., Pargament, K. I., & DeMaris, A. (2009). Couples viewing marriage and pregnancy through the lens of the Sacred: A descriptive study. Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion, 20, 1-45.

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