Saturday, April 8, 2023

Religious Life Inventory- REVISED


Assessment name:  Religious Life Inventory- Revised (RLI-R)

Scale overview: The Religious Life Inventory-Revised (RLI-R) is a 24-item revision of the original Religious Life Inventory (RLI).

The Religious Life Inventory (RLI) was based on a history of research into the multidimensional construct of religious orientation. Batson and Schoenrade (1991a, 1991b) drew upon the work of Allport and Ross (1967) when creating the RLI. The original RLI had 78-items, which were rated on a 9-point scale of agreement. The RLI was revised by Hills and others (2005a).

NOTE: This post focuses on the Revised Religious Life Inventory.

Authors: Original: Batson and Schoenrade / Revised: Hills, Francis & Robbins

Response Type: The items assess religious orientation on a 9-point scale of agreement.

Scale items The three subscales with examples follow.

  Extrinsic scale (7 items)

The primary purpose of prayer is to gain relief and protection.

  Intrinsic scale (9 items)

I read literature about my faith or church.

  Quest scale (8 items)

I am constantly questioning my religious beliefs.

Psychometric properties: The revised measure yielded improved values for internal consistency and an improvement in factor structure. See Hills et al., 2005a.

Availability: The full set of items can be found in the PsycTESTS reference (Hills et al., 2005b).

Cite this post:

Sutton, G. (2023, April 8). Religious Life Inventory- Revised. Assessment, Statistics, and Research. Retrieved from


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References for the RLI and RLI-R

Allport G. W. & Ross J. M. (1967). Personal religious orientation and prejudice. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Vol. 5, 432-443.

Batson, C. D. & Schoenrade, P. A. (1991a). Measuring religion as a quest: 2.) Reliability concerns. Journal of Scientific Study of Religion, 30, 430-447.

Batson, C.D., & Schoenrade, P.A. (1991b). Measuring religion as quest; (1) validity concerns. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, 30, 416-429.

Hills, P., Francis, L. J., & Robbins, M. (2005a). The development of the Revised Religious Life Inventory (RLI-R) by exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis. Personality and Individual Differences, 38(6), 1389–1399.

Hills, P., Francis, L. J., & Robbins, M. (2005b). Revised Religious Life Inventory [Database record]. Retrieved from PsycTESTS. doi:




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