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The Spiritual Assessment Inventory: A Theistic Model and Measure for Assessing Spiritual Development

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Abstract:

The Spiritual Assessment Inventory (SAI) is a relationally-based measure designed to assess two dimensions of spiritual development: Awareness of God and Quality of Relationship with God. The present article reports the results of two studies: exploratory and confirmatory factor analyses of a revised SAI, which replicated five factors, and a factor analysis of a revised SAI with a new Impression Management (IM) subscale. Results supported the factor structure of the SAI and the homogeneity of the IM scale. Correlations of the SAI subscales with the Spiritual Well-Being Scale, the Intrinsic/Extrinsic-Revised, the Bell Object Relations Inventory, the Defense Styles Questionnaire, and the Narcissistic Personality Inventory also supported the construct validity of the SAI. Two-step multiple regressions supported the incremental validity of the SAI. Suggestions for future research and implications for clinical use of the instrument are discussed.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1468-5906.00121

Affiliations: 1: Rosemund School of Psychology, Biola University, CA todd.hall@truth.biola.edu 2: Rosemund School of Psychology, Biola University, CA Keith.edwards@truth.biola.edu

Publication date: June 1, 2002

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