Religious Involvement Measurement Model in a National Sample of African Americans

David L. Roth, Isaac Mwase, Cheryl L. Holt, Eddie M. Clark, Susan N. Lukwago, Matthew W. Kreuter

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This study examined the factor structure of a brief measure of religious involvement developed previously in research with African American women. Telephone interview methods were used with a national sample of both African American women and men (N = 2,370). Confirmatory factor analyses supported the distinction between religious beliefs and religious behaviors factors and indicated that the factor loadings were equivalent for women and men. Women reported higher levels of religious involvement than men. These results support the validity of this relatively brief instrument for assessing these two dimensions of religious involvement for both African American women and men.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)567-578
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Religion and Health
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • African Americans
  • Assessment
  • Factor structure
  • Loading invariance analyses
  • Religion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)
  • Religious studies

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