This paper describes the development and initial psychometric testing of the baseline Spirituality Survey (SS-1) from the Study on Stress, Spirituality, and Health (SSSH) which contained a mixture of items selected from validated existing scales and new items generated to measure important constructs not captured by existing instruments. The purpose was to establish the validity of new and existing measures in our racially/ethnically diverse sample. Psychometric properties of the SS-1 were evaluated using standard psychometric analyses in 4,634 SSSH participants. Predictive validity of SS-1 scales was assessed in relation to the physical and mental health component scores from the Short-Form 12 Health Survey (SF-12). Scales exhibited adequate to strong psychometric properties and demonstrated construct and predictive validity. Overall, the correlational findings provide solid evidence that the SS-1 scales are associated with a wide range of relevant R/S attitudes, mental health, and to a lesser degree physical health.
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Warner, Erica T.; Kent, Blake Victor; Zhang, Ying; Argentieri, M. Austin; Rowatt, Wade C.; Pargament, Kenneth; Koenig, Harold G.; Underwood, Lynn; Cole, Shelley A.; Daviglus, Martha L.; Kanaya, Alka M.; Palmer, Julie R.; Huang, Tianyi; Blais, Mark A.; and Shields, Alexandra E., "The Study on Stress, Spirituality, and Health (SSSH): Psychometric Evaluation and Initial Validation of the SSSH Baseline Spirituality Survey" (2021). Psychology Faculty Publications. 55.