Show Summary Details

Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD HANDBOOKS ONLINE ( © Oxford University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Handbooks Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 26 February 2020

Abstract and Keywords

Interest in spiritual and religious (numinous) constructs has grown rapidly in the past decade. Corresponding to this interest, numerous scales have been developed to capture these qualities. The presence of so many different measures has generated some difficulties for the field, including the lack of a developed database that supports the psychological validity of many of these instruments. The Assessment of Spirituality and Religious Sentiments (ASPIRES)1 scale addresses these concerns by clearly operationalizing spirituality and religiousness as psychological constructs that have universal relevance. This chapter provides an overview on the development and psychometric integrity of the scale. It also provides an overview of research that has examined the incremental, cross-cultural, and clinical validity of the instrument. It is concluded that the ASPIRES scale provides empirically sustainable definitions of spirituality and religiousness that reinforce their nonredundancy with established personality constructs and their relevance in predicting a wide array of psychosocially significant outcomes.

Keywords: ASPIRES, spirituality, religiousness, validity, assessment

Access to the complete content on Oxford Handbooks Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can''t find the answer there, please contact us.