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Reliability and validity of the perspectives of Support From God Scale.
Nurs Res 2010 Mar-Apr; 59(2):102-9NR

Abstract

BACKGROUND

Existing spiritual support scales for use with cancer survivors focus on the support believed to come from a religious community, clergy, or health care providers.

OBJECTIVE

The objective of this study was to evaluate the reliability and validity of a new measure of spiritual support believed to come from God in older Christian African American cancer survivors.

METHODS

The Perceived Support From God Scale was administered to 317 African American cancer survivors aged 55-89 years. Psychometric evaluation involved identifying underlying factors, conducting item analysis and estimating reliability, and obtaining evidence on the relationship to other variables or the extent to which the Perceived Support From God Scale correlates with religious involvement and depression.

RESULTS

The Perceived Support From God Scale consists of 15 items in two subscales (Support From God and God's Purpose for Me). The two subscales explained 59% of the variance. Cronbach's alpha coefficients were .94 and .86 for the Support From God and God's Purpose for Me subscales, respectively. Test-retest correlations were strong, supporting the temporal stability of the instrument. Pearson's correlations to an existing religious involvement and beliefs scale were moderate to strong. Subscale scores on Support From God were negatively correlated to depression.

DISCUSSION

Initial support for reliability and validity was demonstrated for the Perceived Support From God Scale. The scale captures a facet of spirituality not emphasized in other measures. Further research is needed to evaluate the scale with persons of other racial/ethnic groups and to explore the relationship of spirituality to other outcome measures.

Authors+Show Affiliations

School of Nursing, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7460, USA. jhamilto@email.unc.eduNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
Validation Studies

Language

eng

PubMed ID

20216012

Citation

Hamilton, Jill B., et al. "Reliability and Validity of the Perspectives of Support From God Scale." Nursing Research, vol. 59, no. 2, 2010, pp. 102-9.
Hamilton JB, Crandell JL, Carter JK, et al. Reliability and validity of the perspectives of Support From God Scale. Nurs Res. 2010;59(2):102-9.
Hamilton, J. B., Crandell, J. L., Carter, J. K., & Lynn, M. R. (2010). Reliability and validity of the perspectives of Support From God Scale. Nursing Research, 59(2), pp. 102-9. doi:10.1097/NNR.0b013e3181d1b265.
Hamilton JB, et al. Reliability and Validity of the Perspectives of Support From God Scale. Nurs Res. 2010;59(2):102-9. PubMed PMID: 20216012.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Reliability and validity of the perspectives of Support From God Scale. AU - Hamilton,Jill B, AU - Crandell,Jamie L, AU - Carter,J Kameron, AU - Lynn,Mary R, PY - 2010/3/11/entrez PY - 2010/3/11/pubmed PY - 2010/4/2/medline SP - 102 EP - 9 JF - Nursing research JO - Nurs Res VL - 59 IS - 2 N2 - BACKGROUND: Existing spiritual support scales for use with cancer survivors focus on the support believed to come from a religious community, clergy, or health care providers. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to evaluate the reliability and validity of a new measure of spiritual support believed to come from God in older Christian African American cancer survivors. METHODS: The Perceived Support From God Scale was administered to 317 African American cancer survivors aged 55-89 years. Psychometric evaluation involved identifying underlying factors, conducting item analysis and estimating reliability, and obtaining evidence on the relationship to other variables or the extent to which the Perceived Support From God Scale correlates with religious involvement and depression. RESULTS: The Perceived Support From God Scale consists of 15 items in two subscales (Support From God and God's Purpose for Me). The two subscales explained 59% of the variance. Cronbach's alpha coefficients were .94 and .86 for the Support From God and God's Purpose for Me subscales, respectively. Test-retest correlations were strong, supporting the temporal stability of the instrument. Pearson's correlations to an existing religious involvement and beliefs scale were moderate to strong. Subscale scores on Support From God were negatively correlated to depression. DISCUSSION: Initial support for reliability and validity was demonstrated for the Perceived Support From God Scale. The scale captures a facet of spirituality not emphasized in other measures. Further research is needed to evaluate the scale with persons of other racial/ethnic groups and to explore the relationship of spirituality to other outcome measures. SN - 1538-9847 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/20216012/Reliability_and_validity_of_the_perspectives_of_Support_From_God_Scale_ L2 - http://Insights.ovid.com/pubmed?pmid=20216012 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -