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Health Outcomes and a New Index of Spiritual Experience

Jared D. Kass, Richard Friedman, Jane Leserman, Patricia C. Zuttermeister and Herbert Benson
Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion
Vol. 30, No. 2 (Jun., 1991), pp. 203-211
DOI: 10.2307/1387214
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1387214
Page Count: 9
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Health Outcomes and a New Index of Spiritual Experience
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Abstract

Clinical observations suggesting a relationship between spiritual experiences, life purpose and satisfaction, and improvements in physical health led to the development of an Index of Core Spiritual Experience (INSPIRIT). Data from 83 medical outpatients showed the INSPIRIT to have a strong degree of internal reliability and concurrent validity. Multiple regression analyses showed the INSPIRIT to be associated with: (1) increased life purpose and satisfaction, a health-promoting attitude; and (2) decreased frequency of medical symptoms.

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