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Santa Clara Strength of Religious Faith Questionnaire


Scale name:

Santa Clara Strength of Religious Faith Questionnaire,  SCSRF, SCSRFQ

Short form as an “Abbreviated” form, ASCSRFQ

Scale overview

A short easy to score measure of the strength of a person’s religious or spiritual faith. It is a available in 10-item and 5-item Likert-type scale formats.

Author(s) Thomas G. Plante and Marcus T. Boccaccini introduced the 10-item version in 1997.

Items: 10 and 5 for the short form


Response Type: 4-point self-report rating scale

Subscales: None


Sample items

2. I pray daily.

10. My faith impacts many of my decisions.

The short form uses the following 5-items: 2,4,5,8 (Plante et al., 2002).


In the 1997 article, psychology students M = 26.39, SD  = 8.55, R = 33, Mdn = 26.

A summary of previous studies using the 10-item version (Plante, 2010) found M = 26-33 in college samples with SD  = 6 to 8.

There were no significant differences between the means of men (M = 17.48, SD  = 2.52) and women (M = 18.36, SD  = 2.26) on the short form (Sutton et al., 2007).


10-item Cronbach’s Alpha = .95 (1997). Several studies found alphas .94 to .97 (Plante, 2010). Link to test score reliability.



“High scores on the SCSORF were positively correlated with perceived coping, hope, and belief in exaggerated control (r's = .20 to .27, p's < .05),~and negatively correlated with low self-esteem, depression, God control, and interpersonal sensitivity (r's = .20 to .40, p's < .05).” (p. 382; Plante & Boccaccini, 1997)

See also a summary of findings in Plante (2010).

The 5-item version had strong positive correlations with the 10-item version (.95 to .99) according to Plante (2010).

High ASCSRFQ scores were significantly positively correlated with Willingness to Forgive (.366) and pastor restoration (.305) measures. The ASCSRFQ was not significantly related to the Anxiety subscale of the Attachment to God Inventory but it was significantly negatively correlated with the Avoidance subscale (-.309). (Sutton et al., 2007).

Learn more about test score validity.

Learn more about correlations.


The 10 item scale is in the appendix on page 385 of the 1997 article.

For the 5-item scale, see Plante et al. (2002).

 SCOPES domain = Self/spirituality

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Cite this post

Sutton, G.W. (2021, April 27). Santa Clara Strength of Religious Faith Questionnaire. Retrieved from 


Plante, T.G. (2010). The Santa Clara strength of religious faith questionnaire: Assessing faith engagement in a brief and nondenominational manner. Religions, 1, 3-8. DOI: 10.3390/rel1010003

Plante, T. G. & Boccaccini, M.T. (1997).  The Santa Clara strength of religious faith questionnaire. Pastoral Psychology, 45, 375-387. [This is the 10-item reference.]  Link

Plante, T.G., Vallaeys, C.L., Sherman, A.C., & Wallston, K. A. (2002) The Development of a brief version of the Santa Clara Strength of Religious Faith Questionnaire. Pastoral Psychology, 50359–368. [This is the 5-item reference.]

Sutton, G. W., McLeland, K. C., Weaks, K. Cogswell, P. E., & Miphouvieng, R. N. (2007). Does gender matter? An exploration of gender, spirituality, forgiveness and restoration following pastor transgressions. Pastoral Psychology. 55, 645-663. doi 10.1007/ s11089-007-0072-3 Online Link n11144j1655536l2/ Academia link Research Gate Link


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