Evaluating the religious commitment inventory for adolescents

Wendi A. Miller, James A. Shepperd, Michael E. McCullough

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Although numerous studies link adolescent religiousness to a variety of outcomes, limitations in the measurement of adolescent religiousness constrain interpretation of the findings. We introduce a multi-item measure of adolescent religiousness, the Religious Commitment Inventory for Adolescents (RCI-A), that assesses both religious behavior and sentiments and is appropriate for use with adolescents of varying religious faiths. Ninth graders (N = 1,419) completed the RCI-A and several other survey instruments online. Results revealed that the RCI-A has strong psychometric properties (e.g., internal consistency, test-retest reliability, and construct validity) and is appropriate for use with adolescents from a variety of religious faiths. Furthermore, it predicted engagement in risk behavior (cigarette, marijuana, and alcohol use).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)242-251
Number of pages10
JournalPsychology of Religion and Spirituality
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 2013


  • adolescent
  • measurement
  • religiousness
  • risk behavior

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Applied Psychology
  • Religious studies


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