© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2011 DOI: 10.1163/157361211X564620 Archive for the Psychology of Religion 33 (2011) 79-91 brill.nl/arp Conﬁrmatory Factor Analysis of a Revised Death Transcendence Scale Nore Gjolaj and Douglas A. MacDonald * Department of Psychology, University of Detroit Mercy, Detroit, MI 48221-3038, USA email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org Received: 30 May 2010; revised: 13 December 2010; accepted: 20 December 2010 Abstract Using a sample of 296 university students, this study examined the reliability and factorial valid- ity of the Death Transcendence Scale (DTS; Hood & Morris, 1983) using Conﬁrmatory Factor Analysis (CFA). Reliability analyses found that with the exclusion of one item from the Nature subscale, all ﬁve DTS subscales (i.e., Mystical, Religious, Creative, Nature, Biosocial) showed satisfactory reliability. A CFA completed to test the goodness of ﬁt of a correlated ﬁve-factor model produced mostly positive support for the test, though there were some indications of poor ﬁt. Initial revisions to the model did not result in substantive improvement of overall ﬁt in a second CFA. In response to the perception of item content manifesting some degree of overlap and redundancy, the authors elected to shorten all subscales by only retaining items with high corrected item-to-subscale total correlations. A
Archive for the Psychology of Religion – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2011
Keywords: death; coping; confirmatory factor; revised Death Transcendence Scale (DTS); measurement; psychometrics
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