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Validation of the Short Forms of the Centrality of Religiosity Scale in Georgia

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Department of Psychology, University of Fribourg, Rue Petermann-Aymon-de-Faucigny 2, 1700 Fribourg, Switzerland
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Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, Tbilisi State University, 1 Chavchavadze Avenue, 0179 Tbilisi, Georgia
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Institute for Empirical Study on Religion, University of Bern, Länggassstrasse 51, 3012 Bern, Switzerland
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Georgian Centre of Population Research, 75 Kostava Street, 0171 Tbilisi, Georgia
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Religions 2020, 11(2), 57; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel11020057
Received: 6 December 2019 / Revised: 15 January 2020 / Accepted: 15 January 2020 / Published: 22 January 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Research with the Centrality of Religiosity Scale (CRS))
This study presents the validation of the short forms of Centrality of Religiosity Scale (CRS) in Georgia. This country offers a unique Christian orthodox context with a long-lasting religious tradition and strong affiliation to churches. Translated short forms were administered in the years 2012 (CRS-5) and 2018 (CRSi-7). Participants reported on ideological, intellectual, and experiential aspects of their faith and their private and public religious practice in face-to-face interviews. The collected data was subject to reliability analyses. Scale invariance over time was tested with the CRS-5, whereas the CRSi-7 was examined for model goodness, with one factor—Centrality of Religiosity—with a confirmatory factor analysis. Derived statistical coefficients from large stratified random populational samples (2012: N = 2238 and 2018: N = 1906) show good to acceptable Cronbach’s α s ( α = 0.73 and α = 0.67). The composite scores’ means and standard deviations contour norm values for further investigations in social sciences related to religiosity in Georgia. The results of the confirmatory factor analyses show that the Centrality of Religiosity manifests a stable factor, adequately explaining different dimensions of faith life. The high reliability of the CRS-5 over time leads to the conclusion of consistent measurement characteristics and thus, its suitability for longitudinal analysis. The CRSi-7 has a comparable model fit to the CRS-5 providing an alternative for interreligious contexts if needed. Aspects of assessment and analysis are discussed and reasons for the application of the longer version of the CRS are provided in the end. View Full-Text
Keywords: assessment of religiosity in Georgia; scale validation; Centrality of Religiosity Scale; confirmatory factor analysis assessment of religiosity in Georgia; scale validation; Centrality of Religiosity Scale; confirmatory factor analysis
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Ackert, M.; Maglakelidze, E.; Badurashvili, I.; Huber, S. Validation of the Short Forms of the Centrality of Religiosity Scale in Georgia. Religions 2020, 11, 57.

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