For a list of the items and more details, see Exline, Pargament, Grubbs, and Yali (2014).
The Six Domains
Following is a quote from page 208 of the 2014 article, which describes the six domains. I have added bold text to help readers identify each domain. Note, r/s is a common abbreviation for religious/spiritual.
The measure assesses six domains of r/s struggle: divine (negative emotion centered on beliefs about God or a perceived relationship with God), demonic (concern that the devil or evil spirits are attacking an individual or causing negative events), interpersonal (concern about negative experiences with religious people or institutions; interpersonal conflict around religious issues), moral (wrestling with attempts to follow moral principles; worry or guilt about perceived offenses by the self), doubt (feeling troubled by doubts or questions about one’s r/s beliefs), and ultimate meaning (concern about not perceiving deep meaning in one’s life).The Brief RCOPE also contains items related to spiritual struggles but is more focused on coping than the RSSS reviewed here.
See the references for a complete list of the items and the domains. See the quote above for a description of the items within each of the six domains.
Each item is rated on a 5-point scale where 1 = not at all/does not apply and 5 = a great deal. Researchers average the item scores to obtain a total score and subscale scores.
Creating a Survey
The RSSS and other measures may be added to surveys along with other items when researchers follow the permission instructions. Learn more about Creating Surveys. Creating Surveys is available on AMAZON. Creating Surveys is an easy to read and recommended text and resource required by professors at graduate and undergraduate universities.
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Exline, Julie J., Pargament, Kenneth I., Grubbs, Joshua B., & Yali, Ann Marie. (2014). The Religious and Spiritual Struggles Scale: Development and initial validation. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, Vol 6(3), 208-222. doi:https://dx.doi.org/10.1037/a0036465
Exline, J. J., Pargament, K. I., Grubbs, J. B., & Yali, A. M. (2014). Religious and Spiritual Struggles Scale [Database record]. Retrieved from PsycTESTS. doi: https://dx.doi.org/10.1037/t36191-000
The RSSS scale contains items that may be useful to clinicians considering religious and spiritual concerns raised by counseling clients. Learn more about counseling statistics in Applied Statistics: Concepts for Counselors, Second Edition