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Multidimensional Measurement of Religiousness/Spirituality for Use in Health Research

The Fetzer Institute's 1999 instrument for measuring diverse aspects of spirituality and religiousness. Includes information on scoring and on some psychometric properties of instruments. An excellent free resource.

Measures of religiosity

Hill, P. C., & Hood, R. W. (1999). Measures of religiosity. Birmingham, AL: Religious Education Press.

This book includes detailed evaluation of the psychometric properties of many measures of religiosity, which, of course, overlaps considerably with spirituality. In nearly all cases, the actual text of the measures is included. The sixteen principal areas covered by the 117 scales (not counting nine further scales measuring related constructs) are: Religious Beliefs and Practices, Religious Attitudes, Religious Orientation, Religious Development, Religious Commitment and Involvement, Religious Experience, Religious/ Moral Values or Personal Characteristics, Multidimensional Scales, Religious Coping and Problem-Solving, Spirituality and Mysticism, God Concept, Religious Fundamentalism, Views of Death/ Afterlife, Divine Intervention/Religious Attribution, Forgiveness, Institutional Religion. Excellent.

Transpersonal Assessment by Douglas MacDonald and colleagues

A series of articles (here in chronological order) on Transpersonal Assessment by Douglas MacDonald and colleagues. Many of these are not covered in the Hill and Hood book:

  • MacDonald, D. A., LeClair, L., Holland, C. J., Alter, A., & Friedman, H. L. (1995). A survey of measures of transpersonal constructs. The Journal of Transpersonal Psychology, 27(2), 171-235.
  • Friedman, H. L., & MacDonald, D. A. (1997). Toward a working definition of transpersonal assessment. The Journal of Transpersonal Psychology, 29(2), 105-122.
  • MacDonald, D. A., Friedman, H. L., & Kuentzel, J. G. (1999). A survey of measures of spiritual and transpersonal constructs: Part one--Research Update. The Journal of Transpersonal Psychology, 31(2), 137-154.
  • MacDonald, D. A., Kuentzel, J. G., & Friedman, H. L. (1999). A survey of measures of spiritual and transpersonal constructs: Part two--Additional instruments. The Journal of Transpersonal Psychology, 31(2), 155-177.