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Religions 2017, 8(12), 269; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel8120269

Validation of the SpREUK—Religious Practices Questionnaire as a Measure of Christian Religious Practices in a General Population and in Religious Persons

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Institute for Integrative Medicine, Faculty of Health, Witten/Herdecke University, 58239 Herdecke, Germany
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IUNCTUS—Competence Center for Christian Spirituality, PTH/School of Theology Münster, 48149 Münster, Germany
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Received: 28 November 2017 / Revised: 6 December 2017 / Accepted: 8 December 2017 / Published: 9 December 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Measures of Spirituality/Religiosity (2018))
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Measures of spirituality should be multidimensional and inclusive and as such be applicable to persons with different worldviews and spiritual-religious beliefs and attitudes. Nevertheless, for distinct research purposes it may be relevant to more accurately differentiate specific religious practices, rituals and behaviors. It was thus the aim of this study to validate a variant version of the SpREUK-P questionnaire (which measures frequency of engagement in a large spectrum of organized and private religious, spiritual, existential and philosophical practices). This variant version was enriched with items addressing specific rituals and practices of Catholic religiosity, by further differentiating items of praying and meditation. The instrument was then tested in a sample of Catholics (inclusively nuns and monks), Protestants, and in non-religious persons. This 23-item SpREUK-RP (Religious Practices) questionnaire has four factors (i.e., Prosocial-Humanistic practices; General religious practices; Catholic religious practices; Existentialistic practices/Gratitude and Awe) and good internal consistency (Cronbach’s alpha ranging from 0.84 to 0.94). An advantage of this instrument is that it is not generally contaminated with items related to persons’ well-being, and it is not intermixed with specific religious attitudes and convictions. View Full-Text
Keywords: Christian religious practices; Catholics; engagement frequency; validation; questionnaire Christian religious practices; Catholics; engagement frequency; validation; questionnaire
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Büssing, A.; Recchia, D.R.; Gerundt, M.; Warode, M.; Dienberg, T. Validation of the SpREUK—Religious Practices Questionnaire as a Measure of Christian Religious Practices in a General Population and in Religious Persons. Religions 2017, 8, 269.

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