Transcendent Indebtedness to God Scale (T-ITG)


Assessment name:  Transcendent Indebtedness to God Scale (T-ITG)

Scale overview: The Transcendent Indebtedness to God Scale (T-ITG) is a 6-item self-report measure of feelings of indebtedness toward God.

Authors: Janae Nelson, Sam Hardy, Philip Watkins

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Psychometric properties

Internal consistency alpha = .83

Construct validity supported by factor analysis revealing one factor.

Convergent validity support evident in correlations with other measures e.g., .66 with gratitude to God. The scale was not significantly correlated with narcissism.


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The full set of 6 items can be found in the PsycTESTS reference.

Reference for the scale

Nelson, Jenae M. (2023). Transcendent indebtedness to God: A new construct in the psychology of religion and spirituality. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, 15(1), 105-117. doi: 10.1037/rel0000458

Nelson, J. M., Hardy, S. A., & Watkins, P. (2022). Transcendent Indebtedness to God Scale [Database record]. Retrieved from PsycTESTS. doi:


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