A stairway to heaven? Structure of the Religious Involvement Inventory and Spiritual Well-Being Scale

Gow, Alan J., Watson, Roger, Whiteman, Martha and Deary, Ian J. (2011) A stairway to heaven? Structure of the Religious Involvement Inventory and Spiritual Well-Being Scale. Journal of Religion and Health, 50 1: 5-19. doi:10.1007/s10943-010-9375-2


Author Gow, Alan J.
Watson, Roger
Whiteman, Martha
Deary, Ian J.
Title A stairway to heaven? Structure of the Religious Involvement Inventory and Spiritual Well-Being Scale
Journal name Journal of Religion and Health   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0022-4197
1573-6571
Publication date 2011-03-01
Year available 2010
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s10943-010-9375-2
Volume 50
Issue 1
Start page 5
End page 19
Total pages 15
Place of publication New York, NY, U.S A.
Publisher Springer
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Being religious or having spiritual beliefs has been linked to improved health and well-being in several empirical studies. Potential underlying mechanisms can be suggested by psychometrically reliable and valid indices. Two self-report measures of religiosity/spirituality were completed by a cohort of older adults: the Religious Involvement Inventory and the Spiritual Well-being Scale. Both were analyzed using principal components analysis and the Mokken scaling procedure. The latter technique examines whether items can be described as having a hierarchical structure. The results across techniques were comparable and hierarchical structures were discovered in the scales. Analysis of the hierarchy in the RII items suggested the latent trait assesses the extent to which an individual's belief in God influences their life. Examining scales with a range of psychometric techniques may give a better indication of the latent construct being assessed, particularly the hierarchies within these which may be of interest to those investigating religiosity-health associations.
Keyword Principal components analysis
Mokken scaling procedure
Religiosity
Spirituality
Hierarchical structure
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ
Additional Notes Published online: 8 July 2010.

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