Title

Challenges to the conceptualization and measurement of religiosity and spirituality in mental health research.

SelectedWorks Author Profiles:

Tiffany Chenneville

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2015

Date Issued

January 2015

Date Available

June 2016

ISSN

0022-4197

Abstract

Investigating religiosity and spirituality may help to further elucidate how individuals' worldviews influence their attitudes, behavior, and overall well-being. However, inconsistencies in how these constructs are conceptualized and measured may undercut the potential value of religiosity and spirituality research. Results from a survey of undergraduate students suggest that laypeople define spirituality as independent from social influence and that few people associate religiosity with negative terms. A content analysis of spirituality measures indicates that spirituality measures contain items that do not directly measure the strength of spirituality. Implications and suggestions for future research are discussed.

Comments

Abstract only. Full-text article is available through licensed access provided by the publisher. Published in Journal of Religion & Health, 54(6), 2344-2354. doi: 10.1007/s10943-015-0008-7. Members of the USF System may access the full-text of the article through the authenticated link provided.

Language

en_US

Publisher

Springer

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.