Confirmatory Factor Analysis of a Revised Death Transcendence Scale

Confirmatory Factor Analysis of a Revised Death Transcendence Scale © 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 gjolajn@gmail.com; macdonda@udmercy.edu 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 http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Archive for the Psychology of Religion Brill

Confirmatory Factor Analysis of a Revised Death Transcendence Scale

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© 2011 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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0084-6724
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1573-6121
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10.1163/157361211X564620
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© 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 gjolajn@gmail.com; macdonda@udmercy.edu 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

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Archive for the Psychology of ReligionBrill

Published: Jan 1, 2011

Keywords: death; coping; confirmatory factor; revised Death Transcendence Scale (DTS); measurement; psychometrics

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