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Construction and Validation of Afterlife Belief Scale for Muslims

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to develop a scale in Urdu language for measuring different dimensions of afterlife belief. The scale was subjected to exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis on a sample of 504 individuals (235 men and 269 women) recruited from different cities in the Punjab, Pakistan. After exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis, 16 items were retained with three well-defined factor structures of afterlife belief: positive, negative, and extinction. The alpha coefficients of the subscales ranged from .65 to .78. Convergent and discriminant validity of the subscales of Afterlife Belief Scale was determined by finding its relationship with the Pleasant Afterlife Belief Scale, the Unpleasant Afterlife Belief Scale, the Anxiety Subscale of DASS, and the Belief in Equitable World Scale. The results support that the newly developed scale has promising validity.

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Ghayas, S., Batool, S.S. Construction and Validation of Afterlife Belief Scale for Muslims. J Relig Health 56, 861–875 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10943-016-0258-z

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Keywords

  • Afterlife belief
  • Scale construction
  • Reliability
  • Convergent validity