Validation of the Faith Development Scale Using Longitudinal and Cross-Sectional Designs

Gary K. Leak

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Two studies were conducted to further evaluate the validity of the Faith Development Scale (FDS). Study 1 used a longitudinal design and evaluated the change in scores on the scale in response to normal maturational and faith-based experiences over 4 years. Study 2 examined the differences in level of faith development between entering freshmen and graduating senior college students, Both studies found differences consistent with the hypothesis that the FDS is sensitive to: (a) between groups expected to differ in faith development and (b) to changes in faith development within groups over time. Despite limitations within both studies, it was concluded that the results offer further support for the validity of the FDS. Implications of these results are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)637-642
Number of pages6
JournalSocial Behavior and Personality
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2003

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology


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