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dc.contributor.authorSharp, Carissa
dc.contributor.authorDavis, Edward
dc.contributor.authorGeorge, Karisha Kimone
dc.contributor.authorCuthbert, Andrew
dc.contributor.authorZahl, Bonnie
dc.contributor.authorDavis, Don
dc.contributor.authorHook, Joshua
dc.contributor.authorAten, Jamie
dc.date.accessioned2019-06-19T09:00:46Z
dc.date.available2019-06-19T09:00:46Z
dc.date.issued2019-04-22
dc.identifier.citationSharp, C. A., Davis, E. B., George, K., Cuthbert, A. D., Zahl, B. P., Davis, D. E., Hook, J. N., and Aten, J. D. (2019) Measures of God representations: Theoretical framework and critical review. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality.en
dc.identifier.urihttps://www.dora.dmu.ac.uk/handle/2086/18066
dc.descriptionThe file attached to this record is the author's final peer reviewed version. The Publisher's final version can be found by following the DOI link.en
dc.description.abstractOver the past several decades, scholarly interest in God representations has grown steadily, but conceptual and measurement challenges have persisted. Consequently, in this article, we build upon a dual-process conceptualization of God representations, which is organized along 2 dimensions: (a) doctrinal representations (i.e., affect-light, “head knowledge”) versus experiential representations (i.e., affect-laden, “heart knowledge”), and (b) explicit (i.e., conscious) versus implicit (i.e., nonconscious) representations. We use this conceptualization to critically review 73 existing measures of God representations, which are grouped into 4 categories: (a) self-report measures (n 55; e.g., God description measures, relationally focused measures, and functionally focused measures), (b) performance-based measures (n 7; e.g., stimulus-attribution measures and constructive measures), (c) structured interview measures (n 4), and (d) implicit measures (n 7). We discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each type of measure and make recommendations regarding their use by researchers and practitioners. Finally, we make several suggestions for improving measurement in this field.en
dc.language.isoen_USen
dc.publisherAPAen
dc.subjectGod representationsen
dc.subjectMeasurementen
dc.subjectScaleen
dc.subjectReligionen
dc.subjectSpiritualityen
dc.titleMeasures of God representations: Theoretical framework and critical reviewen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.doihttps://doi.org/10.1037/rel0000257
dc.peerreviewedYesen
dc.funderOther external funder (please detail below)en
dc.projectidGrant 52067en
dc.projectidGrant 44040en
dc.cclicenceCC-BY-NC-NDen
dc.date.acceptance2019-05
dc.researchinstituteMary Seacole Research Centreen
dc.funder.otherJohn Templeton Foundationen


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