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Religions 2016, 7(5), 44; doi:10.3390/rel7050044

Validity and Reliability of a Revised Scale of Attitude towards Buddhism (TSAB-R)

WRERU, Centre for Education Studies, University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL, UK
Academic Editor: Arndt Büssing
Received: 26 February 2016 / Revised: 20 April 2016 / Accepted: 20 April 2016 / Published: 28 April 2016
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Abstract

The empirical properties of a revised 24-item instrument called the Thanissaro Scale of Attitude towards Buddhism (TSAB-R) designed to measure Buddhist affective religiosity are described. The instrument was tested on adolescents and teenagers in the UK. Discriminant validity of the instrument was found satisfactory in relation to Buddhist affiliation and content validity in relation to religious involvement with temple attendance, scripture reading, meditation, having had a religious or spiritual experience and religious style. Unlike Christians, for Buddhists, affective religiosity was found to vary independently from age and sex. The differential between heritage and convert religious style of Buddhism was linked to the perceived affective religiosity of the Buddhist features of the home shrine and bowing to parents. Factor analysis revealed two subscales within the instrument for intellectual and affective components. With confirmation of the validity and reliability of the revised scale, the instrument is commended for measurement of Buddhist affective religiosity with adults and children down to the age of 13 years. View Full-Text
Keywords: Buddhism; religiosity; quantitative measure; affective religiosity Buddhism; religiosity; quantitative measure; affective religiosity
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Thanissaro, P.N. Validity and Reliability of a Revised Scale of Attitude towards Buddhism (TSAB-R). Religions 2016, 7, 44.

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