To be a useful addition to the area of psychology ofreligion, the Christian Identity Scale (CIS) must be psychometrically sound and be related to, but distinct from, other aspects of religion and spirituality. The present study sought to assess the internal consistency of the scale and to identify the correlates of Christian identity and faith. Undergraduates who were self-described Christians (n = 120) completed a paper-and-pencil questionnaire. The sample included Catholics, Protestants, and nondenominational Christians. Some of the main hypotheses were that the level of Christian identification would be positively correlated with the intrinsic subscale of the Age-Universal I-E Scale - 12, the Attitudes Towards Christianity Scale, the Faith Maturity Scale, the awareness subscale of the Spiritual Assessment Inventory, and the Shepherd Scale (which is a measure of Christian growth). The CIS may also be useful to church leaders by providing them with a short, self-administered scale that they can use to gain information about the extent to which people have incorporated Christianity into their self-concepts, attitudes, and actions.
Conference Proceedings: Undergraduate Social Science Research Conference
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University of Northern Iowa
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Buelow, Katie J.; Huber, Daniel M.; Rosedale, Raejean S.; and Gonnerman, Melvin E. Jr
"Correlates of Christian Identification: Faith Maturity and Spiritual Development,"
Conference Proceedings: Undergraduate Social Science Research Conference: Vol. 7:
1, Article 25.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/csbsproceedings/vol7/iss1/25