Spirituality Index of Well-Being (SIWB)

Spirituality Index of Well-Being (SIWB)
Bruce B‚ Frey.‚ Timothy P‚ Daaleman.‚ & Vichki‚ Peyton. (2005)

Description of Measure:

Defines spirituality as a sense of meaning or purpose from a transcendent source. It is a 12-item instrument that measures one’s perceptions of their spiritual quality of life. The scale is divided into two subscales: (1) self-efficacy subscale and (2) life-scheme subscale. Each item is answered on a 5-point scale ranging from 1 (Strongly Agree) to 5 (Strongly Disagree).


Which response best describes how you feel about each statement?
1.    There is not much I can do to help myself.
2.    Often‚ there is no way I can complete what I have started.
3.    I can’t begin to understand my problems.
4.    I am overwhelmed when I have personal difficulties and problems.
5.    I don’t know how to begin to solve my problems.
6.    There is not much I can do to make a difference in my life.
7.    I haven’t found my life’s purpose yet.
8.    I don’t know who I am‚ where I came from‚ or where I am going.
9.    I have a lack of purpose in my life.
10.In this world‚ I don’t know where I fit in.
11.I am far from understanding the meaning of life.
12.There is a great void in my life at this time.
Self-efficacy (alpha 0.84‚ 0.86‚ 0.83)‚
life-scheme (alpha 0.86‚ 0.89‚ 0.80)
total (alpha 0.91‚ 0.91‚ 0.87)


Items 1-6 make up the Self-Efficacy Subscale
Items 7-12 make up the Life Scheme Subscale
Scoring is kept on a continuous basis.

Strongly Agree‚ Agree‚ neither Agreenor Disagree‚ Disagree‚ Strongly Disagree

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