Ritualistic, Theistic, and Existential Spirituality: Initial Psychometric Qualities of the RiTE Measure of Spirituality

Jon R. Webb, Loren Toussaint, Chris S. Dula

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Abstract

An expanded model to conceptualize sacred human experiences is discussed wherein the term Spirituality is broadened to include: (1) Ritualistic Spirituality, (2) Theistic Spirituality, and (3) Existential Spirituality. However, a measure incorporating this expanded model does not yet exist. A 67-item self-report questionnaire was developed and data were collected from 1,301 undergraduate students. A series of factor analytic procedures yielded a three-factor structure consistent with the guiding theoretical model and refinement produced three 10-item subscales. Evidence for construct validity and sound psychometric properties was indicative of a reliable, valid, and unique tool to assess the multidimensional nature of spirituality.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)972-985
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Religion and Health
Volume53
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2014

Keywords

  • Existentialism
  • Measurement
  • Psychometrics
  • Religiousness
  • Spirituality

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