American Journal of Community Psychology

, Volume 30, Issue 6, pp 761–786 | Cite as

The Religious Support Scale: Construction, Validation, and Cross-Validation

  • William E. Fiala
  • Jeffrey P. Bjorck
  • Richard Gorsuch


Cutrona and Russell's social support model was used to develop a religious support measure (C. E. Cutrona & D. W. Russell, 1987), including 3 distinct but related subscales respectively measuring support from God, the congregation, and church leadership. Factor analyses with the main sample's data (249 Protestants) and cross-validation (93 additional Protestants) supported the scales' reliability and validity. All 3 types of religious support were related to lower depression and greater life satisfaction. Moreover, several relationships between the 3 subscales and psychological functioning variables remained significant after controlling for variance because of church attendance and social support. Results suggest that religious attendance does not automatically imply religious support, and that religious support can provide unique resources for religious persons, above and beyond those furnished by social support. Findings are discussed regarding relevance to community psychology.

psychometric religion stress support validity 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • William E. Fiala
    • 1
  • Jeffrey P. Bjorck
    • 2
  • Richard Gorsuch
    • 2
  1. 1.Azusa Pacific University???
  2. 2.Graduate School of PsychologyFuller Theological SeminaryUSA

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