Spiritual Struggles Interview Questions


Assessment name:  Spiritual Struggles Interview

Overview: The Spiritual Struggles Interview (SSI) is a structured interview, which includes a set of questions regarding a life problem that included a spiritual aspect.


Authors:  Maria Gear Haugen, and Kenneth Pargament


Response Type: A spoken response to a series of open-ended questions.


The items are in the form of questions, which the authors describe as three types. A brief description follows.

1. With the divine- questions regarding how the person perceived God in the situation.

2. With others- questions related to relationships, forgiveness, and religious practices like prayer.

3. Within the person – questions about inner conflicts, doubts, and self-blame.



The full set of questions are available in the PsycTESTS reference below. The questions may be used for educational and research purposes.


Reference for the scale

Haugen, M. R. G., & Pargament, K. I. (2012). Spiritual Struggles Interview [Database record]. Retrieved from PsycTESTS. doi: https://dx.doi.org/10.1037/t18730-000

Haugen, M. R. G., & Pargament, K. I. (2013). Spirituality: Spiritual struggles as a fork in the road to the sacred Activities for teaching positive psychology: A guide for instructors, (pp. 53-57). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. doi: https://dx.doi.org/10.1037/14042-009



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