Journal of Religion and Health

, Volume 55, Issue 1, pp 16–25 | Cite as

Cross-Cultural Validation and Psychometric Properties of the Arabic Brief Religious Coping Scale (A-BRCS)

  • Ashraf Al-HadetheEmail author
  • Nigel Hunt
  • Shirley Thomas
  • Abdulgaffar Al-Qaysi
Original Paper


The aim of this study was to translate and validate the psychometric properties of an Arabic Brief Religious Coping Scale. A descriptive correlational design was used to conduct the study among participants of 403 Iraqi secondary school students. The A-BRCS and both the subscales, positive and negative, had Cronbach’s alphas of .70, .86 and .82, respectively. All inter-item and item-to-total correlations for each subscale were above the recommended criteria of .30. Factor loadings of the positive subscale using oblique (oblimin) and orthogonal (varimax) rotations ranged from .72 to .86 and from .71 to .86, respectively. Factor loadings of the negative subscale using oblimin and varimax rotations ranged from .64 to .83 and from .63 to .83, respectively. The A-BRCS was found to be a valid and reliable instrument to measure religious coping among Iraqi secondary school students.


Cross-cultural validation Psychometric properties Arabic Brief Religious Coping Scale 



This study was funded by The Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research in Iraq.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ashraf Al-Hadethe
    • 1
    Email author
  • Nigel Hunt
    • 1
  • Shirley Thomas
    • 1
    • 3
  • Abdulgaffar Al-Qaysi
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Division of Psychiatry and Applied Psychology, School of MedicineThe University of NottinghamNottinghamUK
  2. 2.Department of Education and Psychology, College of Education for WomenBaghdad UniversityBaghdadIraq
  3. 3.Division of Rehabilitation and Ageing, School of MedicineThe University of NottinghamNottinghamUK

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