The God Mysticism Scale: a Brief Version

This paper presents two studies concerned with developing a brief version of the 32-item God Mysticism Scale (GMS; Hood Jr. and Williamson Journal of Psychology and Christianity, 19(3), 232-244, 2000). Study 1 submitted 12 representative items from the GMS to an exploratory factor analysis and found...

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Published in:Pastoral psychology
Authors: Williamson, W. Paul; Chen, Zhuo; Hood, Ralph W. 1942-
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: Springer Science Business Media B. V. [2019]
In:Pastoral psychology
Year: 2019, Volume: 68, Issue: 3, Pages: 345-356
Further subjects:B Spirituality
B Religious Orientation
B Mysticism
B Scale construction
B God mysticism
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Summary:This paper presents two studies concerned with developing a brief version of the 32-item God Mysticism Scale (GMS; Hood Jr. and Williamson Journal of Psychology and Christianity, 19(3), 232-244, 2000). Study 1 submitted 12 representative items from the GMS to an exploratory factor analysis and found a two-factor solution (Interpretation, 6 items; Experience, 6 items) that was used to constitute the God Mysticism Scale-Brief (GMS-B). Study 2 examined the construct validity of the GMS-B through a confirmatory factor analysis. The two-factor solution was confirmed, and fit indices revealed a good fit of the model to the data. Other analyses of the GMS-B found sufficient internal consistency (Study 1, Interpretation, ? = .94, Experience, ? = .86; Study 2, Interpretation, ? = .93, Experience, ? = .84) and preliminary evidence for criterion validity with religious and spirituality measures. The two studies together indicate that the GMS-B is well grounded in theory, psychometrically sound, and useful as an economic measure of mysticism in God language.
ISSN:1573-6679
Contains:Enthalten in: Pastoral psychology
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1007/s11089-018-0856-7