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Development of an "Age Universal" I-E Scale

Richard L. Gorsuch and G. Daniel Venable
Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion
Vol. 22, No. 2 (Jun., 1983), pp. 181-187
DOI: 10.2307/1385677
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1385677
Page Count: 7
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Development of an "Age Universal" I-E Scale
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Abstract

The "Religious Orientation" scale (Allport & Ross, 1967) has been widely used with adults to measure Allport's Extrinsic (E) and Intrinsic (I) religious orientations. Being designed for adults, the existing form is probably not suitable for evaluating religious orientations with children and young adolescents because of the reading comprehension level required. This article presents the development of an "Age Universal" form of the Religious Orientation scale. Results indicated that alpha internal reliability coefficients for Age Universal I and E scales are as high as those of the original scales. Correlations between original and rewritten forms of both I and E were as high as they possibly can be given the alpha reliabilities. Further analyses indicate that the Age Universal I-E scale is usable, with certain precautions, with both children (fifth grade and above) and adults.

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