Religious Support Scale

Religious Support Scale
Krause‚ 2003
 
Emotional Support Received from Others
The following questions deal with the relationships you've had with the people in your congregation.
1. How often do the people in your congregation make you feel loved and cared for?
2. How often do the people in your congregation listen to you talk about your private problems and concerns?
3. How often do the people in your congregation express interest and concern in your well-being?
Emotional Support Provided to Others
The following questions deal with things you may do for the people you worship with.
4. How often do you make the people in your congregation feel loved and cared for?
5. How often do you listen to the people in your congregation talk about their private problems and concerns?
6. How often do you express interest and concern in the well-being of people you worship with?
Negative Interactions
Sometimes the contact we have with others is not always pleasant.
7. How often do the people in your congregation make too many demands on you?
8. How often are the people in your congregation critical of you and the things you do'?
9. How often do the people in your congregation try to take advantage of you?
Anticipated Support
These questions are designed to find out how much help the people in your congregation would be willing to provide if you need it in the future.
10. If you were ill‚ how much would the people in your congregation be willing to help out'?
11. If you had a problem or were faced with a difficult situation‚ how much comfort would the people in your congregation be willing to give you?
12. If you needed to know where to go to get help with a problem you were ha‎ving‚ how much would the people in your congregation be willing to help out?
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RELIGIOUS SUPPORT
SHORT FORM
Emotional Support Received from Others
The following questions deal with the relationships you’ve had with the people in your congregation.
1.    How often do the people in your congregation make you feel loved and cared for?
2.    How often do the people in your congregation listen to you talk about your private problems and concerns?
Emotional Support Provided to Others
The following questions deal with things you may do for the people you worship with.
3.     How often do you make the people in your congregation feel loved and cared for?
4.    How often do you listen to the people in your congregation talk about their private problems and concerns?
Negative Interaction
Sometimes the contact we have with others is not always pleasant.
5.     How often do the people in your congregation make too many demands on you?
6.    How often are the people in your congregation critical of you and the things you do?
Anticipated Support
These questions are designed to find out how much help the people in your congregation would be willing to provide if you need it in the future.
7.     If you were ill‚ how much would the people in your congregation be willing to help out?
8.    If you had a problem or were faced with a difficult situation‚ how much comfort would the people in your congregation be willing to give you?
Long form
Items 1-9: 4= Very often‚ 3= Fairly often‚ 2= Once in a while‚ 1= Never
Items 10-12: 4= A great deal‚ 3= Some‚ 2= A little‚ 1= None
Short form
Items 1-6 : Very often‚ 3= Fairly often‚ 2= Once in a while‚ 1= Never
Items 7 and 8: 4= A great deal‚ 3= Some‚ 2= A little‚ 1= None
 
Multidimensional Measurement of Religiousness/Spirituality for Use in Health Research: A Report of the Fetzer Institute/National Institute on Aging Working Group
 
This instrument can be found on pages 57-63 of Multidimensional Measurement of Religiousness/Spirituality for Use in Health Research: A Report of the Fetzer Institute/National Institute on Aging Working Group‚ available online at http://fetzer.org/resources/multidimensional-measurement-religiousnessspirituality-use-health-research
Note. From "Religious Support‚" by Neil Krause‚ 2003‚ in Fetzer Institute/National Institute on Aging Working Group's (Ed.)‚ Multidimensional Measurement of Religiousness/Spirituality for Use in Health Research‚ p. 60-62‚ Kalamazoo‚ MI: Fetzer Institute. Copyright 2003 by Fetzer Institute.

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