Assessment name: Spiritual Bypass Scale-13 (SBS-13)
Scale overview: To assess the observed spiritual bypassing phenomenon, Fox et al. (2017) developed the 13 item Spiritual Bypass Scale.
Authors: Fox, Cashwell, and Picciotto
Response Type: The 13 items are rated on a four-point scale of agreement.
Data analyses from two ethnically diverse US adult samples supported two factors (Psychological Avoidance, PA; Spiritualizing, SP).
When I am in pain, I believe God will deliver me from it
When someone I know is in trouble, I believe it is because they have done something wrong spiritually.
Cronbach’salphas: Total scale = .85, PA = .82; Sp = .75.
The total SBS score was associated with the ASPIRES subscales except for connectedness. PA was associated with depression and SP with stress and anxiety (DASS-21). The overall SBS score was correlated with five factor traits A and N. For the scale items and additional data, see Fox et al. (2017).
Availability: See table 1 on page 277 of Fox et al., 2017.
Reference for the scale
Fox, J., Cashwell, C. S., & Picciotto, G. (2017). The opiate of the masses: Measuring spiritual bypass and its relationship to spirituality, religion, mindfulness, psychological distress, and personality. Spirituality in Clinical Practice, 4(4), 274-287. doi: https://dx.doi.org/10.1037/scp0000141
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