Children’s Spirituality Measure

Children’s Spirituality Measure
Moore et al‚ 2014‚ revised 2016
 
1.    I pray to God or talk to God when I feel sad
2.    There is no point in asking God for help because you have to do things by yourself
3.    I ask God for help
4.    People have to make themselves happy without God in their life
5.    God helps me by making me feel strong
6.    I can solve my own problems without God’s help
7.    I pray to God or talk to God when I feel sad or worried about something
8.    I have my own thoughts and ideas without God’s help
9.    I pray to God or talk to God because I want to thank God for all of the good things in my life
10.God listens to my thoughts and wishes
11.God can make people feel better
12.God always knows how I feel‚ even without talking
13.God keeps people company when they feel sad and lonely
14.When I think about God‚ I feel happy
15.I make wishes to God and the wishes come true
16.I pray to God or talk to God when someone is sick or when someone dies
17.God is everywhere in the world and watches over everybody
18.God will never know what I am thinking to myself*
19.I think God listens to everyone
20.Every person has a body and something inside them‚ like a soul or spirit
21.There are too many in the world for God to know all of them*
22.There are too many people in the world for God to listen to*
23.God cr‎eated all the people in the world and knows all of them
24.It is impossible for God to watch over everybody*
25.People do not have a soul or a spirit*
26.When I want to feel better‚ I talk or pray to God
27.I think that people have something like a soul or a spirit‚ that lives inside them*
28.God helps me by giving me advice
29.God helps me by making me think of new ideas
30.When I pray to God or talk to God I feel better about things
31.Everyone has a body‚ but ha‎ving a soul or a spirit is fake*

1.    When I think about God I feel happy
2.    Praying to God makes me feel worse when I am sad
3.    I ask God for help
4.    God’s miracles are fake
5.    God cr‎eated the world
6.    People are without spirit
7.    God listen to my thoughts and wishes
8.    I think boys like God more
9.    When I pray to God or talk to God‚ I feel better about things
10.People still feel alone and scared even if they talk or pray to God
11.God helps me with my problems by giving me advice
12.The idea that God can make wishes come true is wrong
13.God is everywhere in the world and watches over everybody
14.Some people think God lives with spirits of dead people‚ I think God lives alone
15.God always knows what I feel even without talking
16.I think it is bad that different people pray to different Gods
17.Whenever I want to feel better‚ I talk or pray to God
18.If someone is sick‚ I would talk to my family about it instead of talking to God
19.God helps me by making me think of new ideas
20.Praying to God about wishes is a waste of time
21.God cr‎eated all the people in the world and knows all of them
22.It is impossible to live with God after you die
23.I think that God listens to everyone
24.I am sad that some people do not believe in God
25.People have to make themselves happy without God
26.I would rather talk to my family and friends about being sad instead of talking to God
27.God helps me by making me feel strong
28.Some people thank God for things‚ but I would never do that
29.God cr‎eated the world and everything in it
30.Everyone has a body‚ but spirits are fake
31.God listens all the time
32.I feel bad when people make jokes about God
33.I feel unhappy when I think about God
34.I pray to God or talk to God when I feel sad or worried about something
35.There is no point in asking God for help because you have to do things by yourself
36.God can do miracles—God can cure people and do things that are not humanly possible
37.The world was cr‎eated by accident
38.I think that people have a soul or a spirit that lives inside them
39.God will never know my thoughts and wishes
40.I think girls like God more
41.Talking to God about my problems makes me feel worse
42.God keeps people company when they feel sad and lonely
43.I can solve problems without God helping me
44.I make wishes to God and the wishes come true
45.It is impossible for God to watch over everybody
46.When people die‚ their soul or spirit stays alive and lives with God
47.God will never know what I am thinking to myself
48.It is okay that people in different countries pray to different Gods
49.Talking or praying to God makes me feel worse about things
50.I pray to God or talk to God when someone is sick or when someone dies
51.I have my own thoughts and ideas without God’s help
52.A reason I pray or talk to God is to wish for things
53.There are too many people in the world for God to know all of them
54.I think spirits live with God
55.There are too many people in the world for God to listen to
56.I feel okay knowing that some people do not believe in God
57.God can make people feel better
58.I pray to God or talk to God when I feel sad
59.I would never ask God to help me feel strong
60.I pray to God or talk to God because I want to thank him for all of the good things in my life
61.People cr‎eated the world and everything in it
62.Everyone has a body and a spirit
63.God only listens to people when God feels like it
64.Some people make jokes about God and that’s okay
 
Comfort‚ Omnipresence‚ and Duality
 
Comfort (Cronbach’s Alpha 0.96)‚ Omnipresence (Cronbach’s Alpha 0.91)‚ Duality (Cronbach’s Alpha 0.81)
 
Strongly Agree‚ Agree‚ I do not Agree or Disagree‚ Disagree‚ Strongly Disagree
Comfort (items 1‚ 3‚ 5‚ 7‚ 9‚ 10‚ 11‚ 13‚ 14‚ 15‚ 16‚ 26‚ 28‚ 29 and 30)‚ Omnipresence (items 12‚ 17‚ 18-24)‚ and Duality (items 20‚ 25‚ 27 and 31)
* Reversed item
 

Moore‚ K.‚ Talwar‚ V.‚ & Bosacki‚ S. (2012). Canadian children’s perceptions of spirituality: Diverse voices. International Journal of Children’s Spirituality‚ 17‚ 217-234.

Moore‚ K.‚ Talwar‚ V.‚ Bosacki‚ S. (2014‚ May). Children’s spiritual diversity: An initial exploration of children’s understanding of spirituality. Poster presented at Development 2013‚ Ottawa‚ ON. Abstract retrieved from http://www.devpsych.ca/2014/index.php/ocs/dev/sched Conf/program

Moore‚ Kelsey. (2015). The Development of a Children’s Spirituality Measure and The Exploration of the Role of Spirituality in the Lives of Childhood Cancer Survivors and a Healthy Comparison Group. McGill University‚ Montreal. PhD thesis

Moore‚ Kelsey.‚ Gomez-Garibello‚ Carlos.‚ Bosacki‚ Sandra and Talwar‚ Victoria. (2016). Children’s Spiritual Lives: The Development of a Children’s Spirituality Measure. Religions‚ 7(8)‚ 95: 1-11.