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Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Sam McFarland, Elsie Dotson, and John O’Connor

Degree Program

Department of Psychology

Degree Type

Master of Arts


In this study, a new measure of mature religiosity was created. One hundred and fifty students were administered an 80 item scale based upon a consensus meaning of mature religiosity. The results of this administration were factor analyzed. Seven First Order Factors and two Second Order Factors emerged which could be adequately assessed by 50 of the 80 item. The revised 50 item scale was administered to 130 students. During the same administration, the students also responded to measures of personal maturity (Dogmatism Scale, Internal-External Locus of Control Scale, Social Desirability Scale) and other measures of mature religiosity (Intrinsic-Extrinsic Religious Orientation Scale, Interactional Scale from the Religious Life Inventory). One factor was found to overlap with the Intrinsic Religious Orientation Scale. It is also related to both the Interactional Scale and the Extrinsic Religious Orientation Scale, but the correlation was not enough to indicate duplication of those scales. The new scale was also found to be correlated with the Internal-External Locus of Control Scale, the Social Desirability Scale, and to be negatively correlated with the Dogmatism Scale.


Applied Behavior Analysis | Psychology | Religion | Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion | Social Psychology