The Development and Preliminary Validation of the Belief in Divine Intervention Scale

Volume
Volume 23
Issue
Spring 1995
Title
The Development and Preliminary Validation of the Belief in Divine Intervention Scale
Abstract

The primary purpose of the present study was to create and validate a scale assessing the extent to which people believe in divine intervention. A six-item Belief in Divine Intervention Scale (BDIS) was one of six scales administered to 204 students at a community college and a Christian liberal arts college. The BDIS displayed a high level of internal consistency (coefficient alpha = .910), and a principal components analysis strongly supported its unidimensionality. There was a large primary component with high loadings of all items on the primary component (.811 - .845). BDIS scores were significantly correlated to self-reported importance of religion and were significantly higher among students from the Christian college. BDIS scores were not significantly related to locus of control measures or belief in a just world. Overall, the BDIS revealed good psychometric properties and provides a short, easily administered measure of belief in divine intervention.

Authors
Dr. D. Degelman and D. Lynn
Pages
37 - 44
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