The Revised Faith Development Scale: An option for a more reliable self-report measurement of postconventional religious reasoning

J. Irene Harris, Gary K. Leak

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Abstract

The study of spiritual development has been challenged by difficulties with definitions and measurement. Different faith traditions place different values on various aspects of spiritual development, yielding different definitions with implications for the measurement of the construct. This study focuses on measurement of postconventional religious reasoning, which is a specific, measurable aspect of spiritual development with clear parallels in cognitive development. This research focuses on the Revised Faith Development Scale (RFDS), a 16-item Likert instrument that is easier to administer than previous interview measures of postconventional religious reasoning and more reliable than a previously developed self-report measure. Preliminary assessment of convergent validity indicators support the use of the RFDS.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationResearch in the Social Scientific Study of Religion, Volume 24
EditorsAndrew Village, Ralph L. Piedmont
PublisherBrill Academic Publishers
Pages1-13
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9789004252059
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013

Publication series

NameResearch in the Social Scientific Study of Religion
Volume24
ISSN (Print)1046-8064

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • History
  • Religious studies
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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    Harris, J. I., & Leak, G. K. (2013). The Revised Faith Development Scale: An option for a more reliable self-report measurement of postconventional religious reasoning. In A. Village, & R. L. Piedmont (Eds.), Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion, Volume 24 (pp. 1-13). (Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion; Vol. 24). Brill Academic Publishers.