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A Unidimensional Measure of Christian Orthodoxy

J. Timothy Fullerton and Bruce Hunsberger
Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion
Vol. 21, No. 4 (Dec., 1982), pp. 317-326
DOI: 10.2307/1385521
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1385521
Page Count: 10
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A Unidimensional Measure of Christian Orthodoxy
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Abstract

The conceptualization, development and cross-validation of a 24-item Christian Orthodoxy Scale is described. Eight different studies are involved, which include samples of Canadian high school students, university students, and the parents of university students, as well as a sample of Australian university students. Evidence is presented that the scale is unidimensional, reliable and valid. Factor analyses have consistently revealed a single factor which accounts for a large portion of the total test variance (ranging from 58% to 74%). Mean inter-item correlations have remained high across samples (typically between .60 and .70), Cronbach's alpha was .98, and the 24 items comprising the scale loaded (usually considerably) higher than .61 on the single factor in the various studies. It is concluded that the scale constitutes a useful general purpose measure of one dimension of Christian religiousness -- Christian orthodoxy.

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