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Religions 2012, 3(3), 588-599; doi:10.3390/rel3030588
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The English Version of the Multidimensional Inventory for Religious/Spiritual Well-Being (MI-RSWB-E): First Results from British College Students

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1 Centre for Integrative Addiction Research (Grüner Kreis Society), Rudolfsplatz 9, 1010, Vienna, Austria 2 Institute of Psychology, Karl-Franzens-University Graz, Universitätsplatz 2, 8010 Graz, Austria 3 Heythrop College, University of London, Kensington Square, London W8 5HN, UK
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Received: 6 June 2012 / Revised: 29 June 2012 / Accepted: 4 July 2012 / Published: 10 July 2012
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Measures of Spirituality/Religiosity)
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Abstract

In recent years there has been a steadily growing interest of religious/spiritual issues in several areas of psychology; a variety of reliable and valid means of assessing the different facets of religiosity/spirituality have been developed. However, there is still some need for multidimensional approaches. With respect to the positive experience with the German version of the Multidimensional Inventory for Religious/Spiritual Well-Being, we developed an English version of this scale (MI-RSWB-E) in order to facilitate research in this budding field. The MI-RSWB-E was tested and validated on a sample of British college-students (n = 400). First, the factor structure and psychometric properties of the MI-RSWB-E were analysed. As a second step, MI-RSWB-E dimensions were related to a variety of indicators of personality and mental health. An in-depth analysis provided evidence in support of the psychometric quality of the MI-RSWB-E, and the ability of its proposed six-factor structure. The MI-RSWB-E dimensions were also found to be substantially related to personality factors as well as with indicators of subjective well-being and mental illness. In light of these findings the MI-RSWB-E could be considered as a suitable tool in the assessment of different facets of religiosity/spirituality.
Keywords: personality factors; religiosity; spirituality; scale development; subjective well-being personality factors; religiosity; spirituality; scale development; subjective well-being
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Unterrainer, H.-F.; Nelson, O.; Collicutt, J.; Fink, A. The English Version of the Multidimensional Inventory for Religious/Spiritual Well-Being (MI-RSWB-E): First Results from British College Students. Religions 2012, 3, 588-599.

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