The first scale looks at the role of God in their marriage. There are 10-items. Couples are advised that they substitute another word for God as may be applicable to their spirituality.
Examples and a reference are included below.
Revised Manifestation of God in Marriage
Following are the instructions
Directions: Some of the following questions use the word "God." Different people use different terms for God, such as "Higher Power," "Divine Spirit," "Spiritual Force," "Holy Spirit," "Yahweh," "Allah,", "Buddha”, or “Goddess.” Please feel free to substitute your own word for God when answering any of the questions that follow. Also, some people do not believe in God. If this is the case for you, please feel free to choose the "strongly disagree" response when needed.Two sample items:
1) God played a role in how I ended up being married to my spouse.
2) I sense God’s presence in my relationship with my spouse.
Revised Sacred Qualities of Marriage
The Revised Sacred Qualities of Marriage also consists of 10-items rated on the 7-point scale of agreement mentioned above. The scale focuses on a person’s view of marriage as having divine or sacred qualities.
Two sample items:
1) My marriage is holy.
2) Being with my spouse feels like a deeply spiritual experience.
The article (Mahoney et al., 2009) includes information on the structure of the measures and evidence of adequate internal consistency. Both measures were also positively correlated with positive spiritual coping as measured on the RCOPE.
Here's the internet address for the scales:
Mahoney, A., Pargament, K. I., & DeMaris, A. (2009). Couples viewing marriage and pregnancy through the lens of the Sacred: A descriptive study. Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion, 20, 1-45.
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