"Faith Maturity Scale" for Chinese: A revision and construct validation

C. Harry HUI, Eddie Chi Wai NG, Doris Shui Ying MOK, Esther Yuet Ying LAU, Shu-Fai CHEUNG

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Abstract

Using a large sample of Chinese Christians (n = 2,196), we examined the internal structure, reliability, and validity of the Faith Maturity Scale (FMS). Despite its being developed in North America, and for a mainline Protestant population, the FMS was shown to have validity among non-Western, non-mainline Protestants. There is convergent validity with self-reported religious practices and a belief measure of religiosity. Our analyses also confirmed good construct validity with the Big Five personality dimensions, social axioms, attributional style, and quality of life. FMS remained associated with religious practices and high quality of life after personality was statistically controlled. Findings supported that the Chinese version of the FMS assesses the same theoretical construct as does the original scale and that the distinction between the vertical and horizontal dimensions of faith maturity is meaningful. Copyright © 2011 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)308-322
JournalInternational Journal for the Psychology of Religion
Volume21
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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Personality
Quality of Life
Vertical Dimension
North America
Reproducibility of Results
Population
Maturity
Faith
Religious Practices

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Hui, C. H., Ng, E. C. W., Mok, D. S. Y., Lau, E. Y. Y., & Cheung, S.-F. (2011). "Faith Maturity Scale" for Chinese: A revision and construct validation. The International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, 21(4), 308-322. doi: 10.1080/10508619.2011.607417