Psychometrics Properties of the Daily Spiritual Experience Scale in Slovak Elderly

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The aim of this study was to evaluate psychometric properties of the daily spiritual experience scale (DSES) in Slovak elderly (n = 250). Cronbach’s alpha coefficient was 0.98. Reliability tests confirmed excellent internal consistency. Principal component analysis produced one-factor model which explained 75.86% of the total variance of the Slovak DSES. A higher frequency of spiritual experiences was associated with higher level of spirituality, meaning in life, religion/spiritual affiliation, and lower level of depression which justified construct validity of the DSES. Women stated greater spiritual experiences than men. Findings confirmed that the Slovak DSES is valid and reliable.

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Acknowledgements

The authors thank Lynn Underwood, Ph.D. for her permission to use the DSES and Assoc. Prof. Colleen Delaney, Ph.D. for her permission to use the SS in the study, Ing. Jana Kubíniová, MUDr. Denisa Mauerová, Mgr. Monika Jendrišáková, Mgr. Katarína Riecka, PaedDr. Karol Sovári Soós, PhDr. Radoslav Berecký for their support in the translation, linguistic validation and cultural adaptation of the Slovak version of the DSES.

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Soósová, M.S., Mauer, B. Psychometrics Properties of the Daily Spiritual Experience Scale in Slovak Elderly. J Relig Health 60, 563–575 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10943-020-00994-w

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Keywords

  • Spirituality
  • Elderly
  • The daily spiritual experience scale
  • Validity
  • Reliability