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The Construction and Preliminary Validation of a Measure of Reported Mystical Experience

Ralph W. Hood, Jr.
Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion
Vol. 14, No. 1 (Mar., 1975), pp. 29-41
DOI: 10.2307/1384454
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1384454
Page Count: 13
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The Construction and Preliminary Validation of a Measure of Reported Mystical Experience
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Abstract

A measure of reported mystical experience is presented. This "Mysticism Scale, Research Form D (M scale)," has 32 items, four for each of 8 categories of mysticism initially conceptualized by Stace (1960). Items on this scale are both positively and negatively expressed to avoid problems of response set. A factor analysis of the M Scale indicated two major factors, a general mystical experience factor (20 items) and a religious interpretation factor (12 items). Preliminary evidence indicates that those high on the M Scale have more intrinsic religious motivation as defined by Hoge's (1972) scale, are more open to experience as defined by Taft's (1970) ego permissiveness scale, have more intense religious experience as defined by Hood's (1970) scale, and have moderately higher scores on the L, Hs, and Hy scales of the MMPI.

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