Issues in Measuring Spirituality and Religiousness in Alcohol Research

  • Thomas Johnson
  • Elizabeth A.R. Robinson
Part of the Recent Developments in Alcoholism book series (RDIA, volume 18)

Measuring spirituality and religiousness (SR) with any degree of psychometric rigor raises a number of critical issues. The most obvious is conceptual, given the range of definitions and dimensions of these concepts in popular and academic use. This chapter will review these issues including the definition and operationalization of spirituality and religion, dimensions, and related measurement issues. We will then briefly describe some measures used frequently in alcohol research as well as those for which norms are available. Throughout we will emphasize the necessity of clarifying one’s assumptions and definitions and taking into account the perspectives on SR of the population of interest, recognizing that individuals interpret their life experiences within the context of their understandings of SR.

Definitions of Spirituality and Religiousness

There is at present no consensus in the field on definitions of spirituality and religiousness (SR). We will not attempt to present single,...


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  1. 1.Department of Psychology, Center for the Study of Health, Religion, & SpiritualityIndiana State UniversityTerre HauteUSA
  2. 2.Department of Psychiatry, Addiction Research CenterUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUSA

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