Daily Spiritual Experiences and Psychological Well-being Among US Adults

  title={Daily Spiritual Experiences and Psychological Well-being Among US Adults},
  author={Christopher G. Ellison and Daisy X. F. Fan},
  journal={Social Indicators Research},
This study focuses on one of the most significant recent innovations in the conceptualization and measurement of religiousness and spirituality, the Daily Spiritual Experience scale (DSES; Underwood (2006) Archive for the Psychology of Religion/Archiv fur Religion Psychologie, 28, 181–218). Using data from 1998 and 2004 NORC General Social Surveys, we address a number of questions regarding the social patterning of daily spiritual experiences, and the relationships between spiritual experiences… 
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