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Wednesday, August 17, 2022

Christian Sociomoral Values Index


Scale name: Christian Sociomoral Values Index

Scale overview: This 13-item rating scale aims to measure the importance of select moral values commonly held among conservative Christians.


Response Type: Items are rated on a scale of agreement as follows:

1 = strongly disagree

2 = disagree

3 =  Neither Agree nor Disagree

4 = Agree

5 = Strongly agree

Scale items = 13

1. All forms of birth control are sinful.

2. Birth control methods are acceptable if they do not cause an abortion.

3. Abortion is always sinful.

4. Premarital sex is always sinful.

5. Cohabitation is always sinful.

6. A biblical marriage is between one man and one woman.

7. Same-sex marriage is sinful.

8. Divorce is sinful.

9. Sexual orientation is a choice.

10. In a Christian marriage, a man and a woman submit to each other, but the man is always the head of the marriage.

11. Women have a vital role in Christian ministry, but they should not be priests or pastors.

12. Women have an important role in churches and Christian organizations, but they should not have authority over a man.

13. Women should seek counseling from women and men should seek counseling from men.


Psychometric data:  The scale mean was 40.32 (SD = 8.85), Skew = -.69, Kurtosis = .30 (Sutton et al., 2016).

Reliability: In a sample of 220 Christian counselors, Cronbach’sAlpha = .85 (Sutton et al., 2016).

Validity: Data from table 2 (Sutton et al., 2016) show significant positive correlations with the following related measures of conservative Christian spirituality. (Read about test validity)

Christian Beliefs Index (CBI)

Intratextual Fundamentalism Scale

Christian Service Scale

Personal Christian Practices Index

Healing Experiences Scale

Basic Spiritual Practices Index

Evidence Supported Christian Accommodative Treatments Index

Extra-Session Christian Assignments Index

Spiritual Assessment Index


The items and detailed responses are included in Sutton (2021). The statistical data reported above can be found in Sutton et al. 2016.

The items are listed above and available for use in research and teaching.


The index may be used in research, teaching, and clinical practice. Users should cite Sutton (2021) and Sutton et al. (2016) in all publications and presentations that use this index. There is no need to contact the authors for non-commercial use.

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References for the scale

Sutton, G. W. (2021). Counseling and psychotherapy with Pentecostal and Charismatic Christians: Culture & Research | Assessment & Practice. Springfield, MO: Sunflower.  ISBN-13 : 979-8681036524 AMAZON

Sutton, G. W., Arnzen, C., & Kelly, H. (2016). Christian counseling and psychotherapy: Components of clinician spirituality that predict type of Christian intervention. Journal of Psychology and Christianity, 35, 204-214.  ResearchGate



Example of the details available in Counseling and Psychotherapy with Pentecostal and Charismatic Christians.

For item #2:   Birth control methods are acceptable if they do not cause an abortion.

The table values are percentages from a total of 208 responses.

The number of people Christians were:

  Evangelical 82

  Pentecostal/ Charismatic 48

  Nondenominational  43

  Other  35

 The "other" group includes respondents who identified as Catholics or a mainline Protestant Denomination

See the text for details on the other items.

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