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Religious and Spiritual Struggles Scale--14 Item Version (RSS-14)

  Geoffrey Sutton 2023 created in Canva Assessment name:   Religious and Spiritual Struggles Scale--14 Item Version (RSS-14) Scale overview: The Religious and Spiritual Struggles Scale--14 Item Version (RSS-14) was developed to assess personal experiences with religious or spiritual struggles in six domains when a brief questionnaire is more suitable than the longer 26-item version. Follow this link to the 26-item version. Authors: Julia Exline et al. (2022) Response Type: A rating scale of frequency of experience: : 1 (not at all/does not apply), 2 (a little bit), 3 (somewhat), 4 (quite a bit), and 5 (a great deal). Scale items Like the longer version, this shorter 14-item version assigns scale items to 6 categories of struggle : Divine (Div); Demonic (Dem); Interpersonal (Int); Moral (Mor); Doubt (Dbt); Ultimate meaning (Ult). Samples Divine - felt as though God had abandoned me Doubt- felt troubled by doubts or questions about religion or spirituality Psychom

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. Items 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.   Availability: 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). S

Divine Spiritual Struggles Scale

  Assessment name:   Divine Spiritual Struggles Scale Scale overview: The Divine Spiritual Struggles Scale measures the degree of distress experienced by adolescents in their relationship with God or a higher power. Scale data were obtained from a sample of adolescents who reported sexual abuse.   Authors: Ernest Jouriles and others (see scale reference)     Response Type: Four items are rated on a 4-point scale of frequency related to feeling “punished, abandoned, and questioned God’s love” when they thought about sexual abuse in the preceding month. 0 = not at all 1 = somewhat 2 = quite a bit 3 = a great deal Scale items The four items in the scale can be found in the PsycTESTS reference below. Psychometric properties The scale was used in two studies (see Jouriles et al., 2020) with a combined n of 347 adolescents who had a mean age of 13.53 and 13.71, respectively. More than 90% were girls. Most of the girls identified as Christian. Reliability and

Attitudes and Experiences of Evangelical Christians with Mental Distress

  Scale name: Attitudes and Experiences of Evangelical Christians with Mental Distress Scale overview: Lloyd and Waller (2020) used nine items to assess the relationship of spiritual etiology to mental distress in a British sample ( n = 446).   Response Type and items: The 9-questions were organized into three groups. Respondents were presented with different response options depending on the question. 1. Spiritualization of Mental Distress 1-4 Example: Has your current or previous church or related teaching taught that mental distress was the result of demons, spirits or generational curses? Response options were yes, no, or unsure. 2. Views on secular/psychological treatments 5 – 7. Example: 5. Do you believe psychological treatments, such as therapy, can be successful in treating mental distress? Response options were yes, no, or unsure. Questions 6-7 asked about church support. 3. Interaction with the Church community 8-9 Example: Overall, how do you feel abo

Behaviors Toward God Scale (BTGS)

  Scale name:    Behaviors Toward God Scale (BTGS) Scale overview: The Behaviors Toward God Scale (BTGS) is an 18-item self-report measure of  behavioral  responses toward God when people experience a spiritual or religious struggle. The items are grouped into four subscales. Authors: Julie J. Exline et al. (2021) Response Type:    Participants read a statement and rate their behavioral response from 0 = not at all to 10 = extremely. Subscales: Four (sample item in parentheses) 1. Approach – draw close (tried to trust God) 2. Disengage - turn away or exit (ignored God) 3. Protest-   complain, argue, or question (asked God "Why?") 4. Suppress – avoid or minimize negative feelings toward God (tried to hide feelings of anger or disappointment toward God)   Reliability: alpha values for the four subscales ranged from .80 to .89 in study 1 and .79 to .91 in study 2 (Exline et al., 2021) Validity: The Exline  et al. 2021 article includes the results of fact

Spiritual Abuse Questionnaire (SAQ) by Kathryn Hope Keller

  Scale name: Spiritual Abuse Questionnaire (SAQ) Scale overview: The  Spiritual Abuse Questionnaire (SAQ)  is a 17-item self-report questionnaire that uses a 4-point Likert Type response format to measure two dimensions of abuse: Power-based affective wounding and Conditionality. Author: Kathryn Hope Keller   Response Type: 4-point Likert type. The choices are: Strongly disagree, Disagree, Agree, Strongly agree. Subscales and Sample Items: There are two subscales. 1. Power-based Affective Wounding : “At times, I was scolded by my leader and made to feel ashamed and helpless” and “I now feel cynical about church/religious groups.”   2. Conditionality: “I believed I could be totally surrendered to God if I did everything perfectly according to the church/group’s instructions,” and “I believed God would punish me if I didn’t do what my church/group encouraged me to do.” Reliability: Alpha for the 17-item scale was .95 (Keller, 2016). The study sample was 271