A Factor Analysis and Further Validation of the Shepherd Scale

Volume
Volume 13
Issue
Spring 1985
Title
A Factor Analysis and Further Validation of the Shepherd Scale
Abstract

This study attempted to add to the psychometric data available on the Shepherd Scale, an instrument developed by Bassett et al. (1981) to differentiate between Christians and non-Christians for research purposes. Relatively strong internal consistency and validity data were obtained from a sample of 238 subjects. Although failing to confirm the subscales proposed by Bassett et al., a factor analysis of the Shepherd Scale suggested a general Christianity dimension which seemed to subdivide into two correlated factors, Christian Beliefs, Values, and Behaviors, and Identification/Relatedness with the Christian Community. Overall, the present data pointed to the Shepherd Scale as worthy of serious consideration in studies addressing Christianity. Suggestions for further research on the Shepherd Scale are offered.

Authors
J.A. Pecnik and Dr. D.L. Epperson
Pages
42 - 49
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