Journal of Religion and Health

, Volume 50, Issue 3, pp 675–685

Psychometric Testing of the Daily Spiritual Experiences Scale Among African Americans in the Jackson Heart Study

  • Fleetwood Loustalot
  • Sharon B. Wyatt
  • Mario Sims
  • Christopher G. Ellison
  • Herman A. Taylor
  • Lynn Underwood
Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10943-009-9278-2

Cite this article as:
Loustalot, F., Wyatt, S.B., Sims, M. et al. J Relig Health (2011) 50: 675. doi:10.1007/s10943-009-9278-2

Abstract

This study provided the first examination of the psychometric properties of the 6-item Daily Spiritual Experiences Scale (DSES) in a large African American sample, the Jackson Heart Study (JHS). The JHS included measures of spiritual (DSES) and religious practices. Internal reliability, dimensionality, fit indices, and correlation were assessed. DSES scores reflected frequent daily spiritual experiences (12.84 ± 4.72) and reliability scores were high (α = 0.85; 95% CI 0.84–0.86). The DSES loaded on a single factor, with significant goodness-of-fit scores (RMSEA = 0.094, P < 0.01). Moderate significant correlations were noted among DSES items. Our findings confirm that the 6-item DSES had excellent psychometric properties in this sample.

Keywords

Daily Spiritual Experiences Scale Spirituality Psychometrics African American Jackson Heart Study 

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • Fleetwood Loustalot
    • 1
    • 8
  • Sharon B. Wyatt
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Mario Sims
    • 3
    • 4
  • Christopher G. Ellison
    • 5
  • Herman A. Taylor
    • 3
    • 6
  • Lynn Underwood
    • 7
  1. 1.School of NursingUniversity of Mississippi Medical CenterJacksonUSA
  2. 2.School of Medicine, Division of Hypertension and Internal MedicineUniversity of Mississippi Medical CenterJacksonUSA
  3. 3.Jackson Heart Study Examination CenterUniversity of Mississippi Medical CenterJacksonUSA
  4. 4.School of MedicineUniversity of Mississippi Medical CenterJacksonUSA
  5. 5.Department of SociologyUniversity of TexasAustinUSA
  6. 6.School of Medicine, Division of CardiologyUniversity of Mississippi Medical CenterJacksonUSA
  7. 7.Department of Biomedical HumanitiesHiram CollegeHiramUSA
  8. 8.Centers for Disease Control and PreventionAtlantaUSA

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