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Measuring religiousness in health research: review and critique.

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Hall, DE; Meador, KG; Koenig, HG
Published in: J Relig Health
June 2008

Although existing measures of religiousness are sophisticated, no single approach has yet emerged as a standard. We review the measures of religiousness most commonly used in the religion and health literature with particular attention to their limitations, suggesting that vigilance is required to avoid over-generalization. After placing the development of these scales in historical context, we discuss measures of religious attendance, private religious practice, and intrinsic/extrinsic religious motivation. We also discuss measures of religious coping, wellbeing, belief, affiliation, maturity, history, and experience. We also address the current trend in favor of multi-dimensional and functional measures of religiousness. We conclude with a critique of the standard, "context-free" approach aimed at measuring "religiousness-in-general", suggesting that future work might more fruitfully focus on developing ways to measure religiousness in specific, theologically relevant contexts.

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J Relig Health

DOI

EISSN

1573-6571

Publication Date

June 2008

Volume

47

Issue

2

Start / End Page

134 / 163

Location

United States

Related Subject Headings

  • Spirituality
  • Social Psychology
  • Religion and Medicine
  • Philosophy
  • Humans
  • Biomedical Research
  • 5203 Clinical and health psychology
  • 4206 Public health
  • 1117 Public Health and Health Services
 

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Hall, D. E., Meador, K. G., & Koenig, H. G. (2008). Measuring religiousness in health research: review and critique. J Relig Health, 47(2), 134–163. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10943-008-9165-2
Hall, Daniel E., Keith G. Meador, and Harold G. Koenig. “Measuring religiousness in health research: review and critique.J Relig Health 47, no. 2 (June 2008): 134–63. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10943-008-9165-2.
Hall DE, Meador KG, Koenig HG. Measuring religiousness in health research: review and critique. J Relig Health. 2008 Jun;47(2):134–63.
Hall, Daniel E., et al. “Measuring religiousness in health research: review and critique.J Relig Health, vol. 47, no. 2, June 2008, pp. 134–63. Pubmed, doi:10.1007/s10943-008-9165-2.
Hall DE, Meador KG, Koenig HG. Measuring religiousness in health research: review and critique. J Relig Health. 2008 Jun;47(2):134–163.
Journal cover image

Published In

J Relig Health

DOI

EISSN

1573-6571

Publication Date

June 2008

Volume

47

Issue

2

Start / End Page

134 / 163

Location

United States

Related Subject Headings

  • Spirituality
  • Social Psychology
  • Religion and Medicine
  • Philosophy
  • Humans
  • Biomedical Research
  • 5203 Clinical and health psychology
  • 4206 Public health
  • 1117 Public Health and Health Services