Special Issue "Measures of Spirituality/Religiosity (2018)"
A special issue of Religions (ISSN 2077-1444).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (1 March 2018)
Prof. Dr. med. Arndt Büssing
Institute for Integrative Medicine, Faculty of Health, Witten/Herdecke University, Alfred-Herrhausen-Straße 50, 58448 Witten, Germany
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Interests: mind-body medicine approaches; spirituality and health; quality of life; coping; questionnaire development; integrative medicine; clinical studies; health service research
The interest in the topic of spirituality as an independent dimension of quality of life is continuously growing, and also the research questions start to change because also the fields of religiosity are changing, becoming more diverse and pluralistic. To address the new topics in health research, one may rely on standardized questionnaires. Several of these new questions cannot be easily answered with the instruments designed for previous questions, and thus new instruments are constantly developed. The number of instruments intended to measure specific aspects of spirituality is growing and it is difficult to value particularly the new ones.
This special issue intends to pay attention to some of the already established instruments (and to update the knowledge), but also to describe the 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. Some of these are rather ‘inclusive’ (embracing also secular concepts of spirituality, and may thus be less specific) and others are rather ‘exclusive’ (or specific for circumscribed religious groups, and thus not suited for varying denominations or a-religious persons).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
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