Special Issue "Measures of Spirituality/Religiosity"

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A special issue of Religions (ISSN 2077-1444).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2010)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Arndt Büssing
Institute for Integrative Medicine, Faculty of Health, Witten/Herdecke University, Germany
Website: http://www.uni-wh.de/universitaet/personenverzeichnis/details/show/Employee/buessing/
E-Mail: arndt.buessing@uni-wh.de
Phone: +49 2330623246
Fax: +49 2330623358
Interests: mind-body medicine approaches; spirituality and health; quality of life; coping; questionnaire development; intergrative medicine; clinical studies; health service research

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Dr. Christian Zwingmann
The Protestant University of Applied Sciences Rhineland-Westphalia-Lippe, Immanuel-Kant-Str. 18-20, D-44803 Bochum, Germany
E-Mail: christian.zwingmann@web.de
Phone: +49 2241 8668717
Fax: +49 2118 87973144
Interests: psychology of religion; religion and health; assessment of spirituality/religiosity; health services research; rehabilitation research

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

There are various instruments from distinct scholar disciplines (i.e., religious studies, chaplaincy, psychology, sociology, medicine, nursing etc.) which were developed to measure spirituality/religiosity either as a generic instrument or in the context of disease (coping). One may differentiate instruments which measure distinct attitudes and convictions, or measure the frequency of peoples´ engagement in distinct forms of spiritual/religious practices (intensity), and instruments which address the spiritual needs of patients. Moreover, these instruments may also differ with respect to their underlying concepts of spirituality and religiosity. From a theoretical point of view, it is sound to distinguish individuals´ religious from spiritual attitudes. While this differentiation is important in countries with a more secular and liberal background, this distinction is meaningless in countries with vital theistic beliefs. In fact some questionnaires address religiosity within the Judeo-Christian God concept, while other address spirituality with reference to more secular concepts of the Devine, or in the context of a pluralistic `search for meaning´. But what about Eastern Spirituality, what about the spirituality of agnostics and atheist? - It might be difficult to decide which instrument can be used for the unique research topic.

The aim of this special issue thus is to pay attention to well established instruments (and to update the knowledge), but also to describe the unique features and intentions of newly developed instruments, which may have potential to be used in larger studies to develop knowledge relevant to spiritual care and practice. This issue should become a resource of relevant instruments in the wide range of organized religiosity, the individual experience of the divine, and the open approach in the search for meaning and purpose in life.

High quality manuscripts are welcomed which briefly describe the background of questionnaire development, its unique features and intentions, and a sound description of items, scales, and validity measures.

Prof. Dr. Arndt Büssing
Guest Editor

Keywords

  • questionnaires
  • research
  • spirituality
  • religiosity
  • well-being
  • quality of life

Published Papers (14 papers)

Religions 2014, 5(1), 109-125; doi:10.3390/rel5010109
Received: 31 October 2013; in revised form: 16 January 2014 / Accepted: 28 January 2014 / Published: 14 February 2014
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Religions 2012, 3(3), 710-724; doi:10.3390/rel3030710
Received: 9 July 2012; in revised form: 30 July 2012 / Accepted: 8 August 2012 / Published: 20 August 2012
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Religions 2012, 3(3), 588-599; doi:10.3390/rel3030588
Received: 6 June 2012; in revised form: 29 June 2012 / Accepted: 4 July 2012 / Published: 10 July 2012
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Religions 2011, 2(4), 693-706; doi:10.3390/rel2040693
Received: 31 October 2011; Accepted: 1 December 2011 / Published: 8 December 2011
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Religions 2011, 2(3), 345-357; doi:10.3390/rel2030345
Received: 29 June 2011; in revised form: 17 July 2011 / Accepted: 9 August 2011 / Published: 11 August 2011
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Religions 2011, 2(3), 216-246; doi:10.3390/rel2030216
Received: 23 May 2011; in revised form: 13 June 2011 / Accepted: 30 June 2011 / Published: 4 July 2011
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Religions 2011, 2(1), 77-94; doi:10.3390/rel2010077
Received: 22 November 2010; in revised form: 25 February 2011 / Accepted: 9 March 2011 / Published: 15 March 2011
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Religions 2011, 2(1), 51-76; doi:10.3390/rel2010051
Received: 20 December 2010; in revised form: 3 February 2011 / Accepted: 11 February 2011 / Published: 22 February 2011
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Religions 2011, 2(1), 29-50; doi:10.3390/rel2010029
Received: 29 December 2010; in revised form: 5 January 2011 / Accepted: 10 January 2011 / Published: 12 January 2011
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Religions 2010, 1(1), 105-121; doi:10.3390/rel1010105
Received: 11 November 2010; in revised form: 29 November 2010 / Accepted: 6 December 2010 / Published: 9 December 2010
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Religions 2010, 1(1), 86-104; doi:10.3390/rel1010086
Received: 11 October 2010; in revised form: 22 November 2010 / Accepted: 3 December 2010 / Published: 8 December 2010
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Religions 2010, 1(1), 78-85; doi:10.3390/rel1010078
Received: 21 September 2010; in revised form: 16 November 2010 / Accepted: 24 November 2010 / Published: 1 December 2010
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Religions 2010, 1(1), 9-17; doi:10.3390/rel1010009
Received: 28 September 2010; in revised form: 13 October 2010 / Accepted: 22 October 2010 / Published: 29 October 2010
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Religions 2010, 1(1), 3-8; doi:10.3390/rel1010003
Received: 21 September 2010; in revised form: 22 October 2010 / Accepted: 27 October 2010 / Published: 29 October 2010
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