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ERIC Number: ED414293
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Aug
Pages: 13
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A Validity Estimate of the Religious Status Interview.
Montes, Bob; Rosenkoetter, Linda; Newman, Isadore; Zarski, John
Drawing on the work of Pruyser (1976) and Malony (1985, 1987), the Religious Status Interview (RSI), a measure of theological functioning, was created. The RSI was designed to help counselors judge the health of a parishioner's religious beliefs as they relate to the problem that brings the person to pastoral counseling. This study investigated the validity of the RSI using a sample of 45 Christians diagnosed with an addiction to food, drugs, or alcohol who were in a Twelve Step program. Researchers tested the concurrent validity of the RSI by testing to see if it could differentiate relapse-free time. The theoretical construct of the instrument, that theological functioning relates positively to psychological health and negatively to personality pathology, was also tested. Criterion variables were depression as measured by the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI)(A. Beck and R. Steer, 1987), self-concept as measured by the Tennessee Self-Concept Scale (TSCS) (G. Roid and W. Fitts, 1987) and personality pathology as measured by the Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory (MCMI) (T. Millon, 1987). Results indicate that the BDI and the TSCS are not good predictors of relapse-free time. Nor is the RSI alone. However, there is a significant interaction between the RSI and the self-satisfaction scale of the TSCS predicting relapse-free time. Contrary to expectation, the MCMI was not a better predictor of relapse-free time than the RSI. Data support the value of using a religious inventory like the RSI when counseling. (Contains 4 tables, 1 figure, and 13 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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