Journal of Religion and Health

, Volume 57, Issue 3, pp 883–900 | Cite as

Spiritual Openness, Revisiting a Potentially Important Aspect of Spirituality: Scale Review and Revision

  • Joshua C. Eyer
  • Shweta Kapoor
  • Martha A. Combs
  • Emberly M. Jay
  • Beverly E. Thorn
Original Paper

Abstract

Religiousness and spirituality (R/S) exert important influences on individuals across a range of domains. Spiritual Openness is theoretically linked with the personality trait of Openness to Experience, suggesting promise for future research. Using responses from 366 undergraduates on the Spiritual Experience Index-Revised (SEI-R: subscales of Spiritual Openness and Spiritual Support), analyses evaluated and revised the SEI-R, deleting poor items and generating a 10-item measure. The new SEI-S exhibits better psychometric properties and reduced participant burden, and subscales displayed a curvilinear relationship in which increases in Spiritual Openness showed a trade-off in levels of Spiritual Support.

Keywords

Spirituality Religiosity Spiritual Experience Index Spiritual Openness Openness to Experience 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Joshua C. Eyer
    • 1
  • Shweta Kapoor
    • 2
    • 3
  • Martha A. Combs
    • 2
    • 4
  • Emberly M. Jay
    • 2
    • 5
  • Beverly E. Thorn
    • 2
  1. 1.Capstone College of NursingThe University of AlabamaTuscaloosaUSA
  2. 2.The University of AlabamaTuscaloosaUSA
  3. 3.University of Texas Medical School at HoustonHoustonUSA
  4. 4.South Texas Veterans Health Care SystemSan AntonioUSA
  5. 5.University of GeorgiaAthensUSA

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