Measuring Spirituality in Children
Spirituality is an integral part of the study of humanity and resilience. The Youth Spirituality Scale (YSS) was written to be a developmentally appropriate, inclusive measure of spirituality for children. The scale consists of 19 items and one item to identify invalid responding. A pilot study with a diverse sample of 175 youth, ages 7 to 14, suggests the YSS has good internal reliability and a second study with 144 participants ages 8 to 15 indicates it correlates significantly with relevant subscales from the Brief Multidimensional Measurement of Religiousness-Spirituality. Results suggest the measure is a reliable and valid way to assess spirituality in children. Future research to further validate the YSS and explore the relation between spirituality and other factors is recommended.
Journal of Psychology & Christianity
Sifers, S.K., Warren, J.S., & Jackson, Y. (2012). Measuring Spirituality in Children. Journal of Psychology & Christianity, 31(3), 205-214.
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Copyright © 2012 Christian Association for Psychological Studies. Article published by the Christian Association for Psychological Studies in Journal of Psychology & Christianity, volume 31, issue number 3, Fall 2012, pages 205-214.