Dimensions of Religion/Spirituality and Relevance to Health Research

  title={Dimensions of Religion/Spirituality and Relevance to Health Research},
  author={Jon Randolph Haber and Theodore Jacob and David J. C. Spangler},
  journal={The International Journal for the Psychology of Religion},
  pages={265 - 288}
This study aimed to identify unique religion/ spirituality (R/S) factors that account for variation in R/S measures of interest to health research. A 127-item questionnaire that included R/S items from classic, personality, clinical, and recent R/S-health research was administered to California state college students (n = 846) and to members of two California churches (n = 425). A seven-factor solution emerged that explained 61.5% of total variance that replicated across independent samples and… 
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