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Religions 2011, 2(3), 345-357; doi:10.3390/rel2030345
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Measuring Religiosity/Spirituality: Theoretical Differentiations and Categorization of Instruments

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Received: 29 June 2011 / Revised: 17 July 2011 / Accepted: 9 August 2011 / Published: 11 August 2011
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Measures of Spirituality/Religiosity)
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Abstract

There is a multitude of instruments for measuring religiosity/spirituality. Many of these questionnaires are used or even were developed in the context of studies about the connection between religiosity/spirituality and health. Thus, it seems crucial to note that measures can focus on quite different components along a hypothetical path between stressors and health. We present an instructive model which helps to identify these different components and allows the categorization of instruments of religiosity/spirituality according to their primary measurement intention: intensity/centrality, resources, needs, coping, and quality of life/well-being. Furthermore, we point out possibilities as to how religiosity and spirituality can be differentiated. We argue that the distinction between religiosity and spirituality is important in countries with a more secular background where a growing number of people identify themselves as “spiritual, but not religious”.
Keywords: religiosity; spirituality; questionnaires; categorization religiosity; spirituality; questionnaires; categorization
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Zwingmann, C.; Klein, C.; Büssing, A. Measuring Religiosity/Spirituality: Theoretical Differentiations and Categorization of Instruments. Religions 2011, 2, 345-357.

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