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The Utility Of The Assessment Of Spirituality And Religious Sentiments (Aspires) Scale With Christians And Buddhists In Sri Lanka

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The Assessment of Spirituality and Religious Sentiments (ASPIRES) Scale represents spirituality as a universal source of motivation. This chapter explains the process of assessing the universality of the ASPIRES constructs through an examination of its cross-cultural relevance. In this instance, the psychometric value of the ASPIRES is examined in a largely Buddhist sample in Sri Lanka. The data do allow for a comparison between Christians and Buddhists on all ASPIRES Scales. The current findings provide support for using the ASPIRES in this cultural context. These data add to a growing international database on the ASPIRES. Research continues to demonstrate the utility and applicability of this measure with diverse religious and ethnic groups. Hopefully these data will encourage more cross-cultural and cross-denominational research and use of the ASPIRES.

Keywords: ASPIRES; Buddhists; Christians; cross-cultural research; cross-denominationalresearch; interfaith comparison; Sri Lanka



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