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A Five-Factor Analysis Of Spirituality In Young Adults: Preliminary Evidence

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This chapter reviews definitions of spirituality and compares the construct of spirituality as reflected in the Spiritual Involvement Scale (SIS) to other conceptualizations. It then surveys previous literature on the Five-Factor Model (FFM) and spirituality. Spiritual life integration (SLI) and social justice commitment (SJC) are spirituality constructs that may be related to personality. The chapter examines the relation between personality in young adults and both ritualistic and prosocial aspects of spirituality. SLI was expected to be positively associated with agreeableness and conscientiousness, and SJC was expected to be positively related to extraversion, agreeableness, and openness. Investigating these relations provides: a) information on the relation between personality and spirituality, b) data regarding the construct validity of the SIS, and c) preliminary evidence for future research on the utility of spirituality measures in young adults.

Keywords:Five-Factor Model (FFM); personality; social justice commitment (SJC); Spiritual Involvement Scale (SIS); Spiritual life integration (SLI); young adults



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