Title

Measuring Spirituality via the Behavioral Congruence Model: Development and Initial Validation of the Central Object Questionnaire

Publication Date

12-2016

Abstract

This study developed a measure of behavioral congruence (i.e., the Central Object Questionnaire; COQ) in order to address some potential limitations of how many existing measures related to spirituality have been developed in the past. A focus group and online survey phase were used to test the content and construct validity of the items and subscales. General Least Squares Analysis was used to find the final thirteen items that were used in tests of reliability and validity of the COQ. Internal consistency was found to be strong (Cronbach’s alpha = .87) and convergent validity was statistically significant between the COQ and the other measures of spirituality included in the study. Though more development is needed, this initial validation study indicated that the COQ, in its current form, performs with similar psychometric strength as the other popular spirituality measures included in this study while at the same time including some of the conceptual and methodological differences that were identified as beneficial to the advancement of spirituality measurement.

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology (PhD)

First Advisor

Currier, Joseph

Document Type

Dissertation

Language

English

Keywords

Behavioral assessment, Spirituality, Spiritual life

Disciplines

Psychology

Comments

Public Access: If you attend a college or university, you may be granted access for free through your school library subscription to ProQuest Theses & Dissertations. Copies may be available for purchase via ProQuest Dissertations Publishing https://dissexpress.proquest.com/search.html

Upload File

wf_no

Embargo Period

10-16-2018

Share

COinS