Use of the Daily Phone Diary to Study Religiosity and Mood: Convergent Validity

Rhonda D. Szczesniak, Yuanshu Zou, Sophia M. Dimitriou, Alexandra Quittner, Daniel H. Grossoehme

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Abstract

Studies of religious/spiritual behavior frequently rely on self-reported questionnaire data, which is susceptible to bias. The Daily Phone Diary (DPD) was developed to minimize bias in reporting activities and behavior across a 24-hour period. A cross-sectional study of 126 parents of children with cystic fibrosis was used to establish the validity of the DPD to study religious/spiritual behaviors. Longitudinal models were used to determine the odds of improved mood during religious/spiritual activities. Convergent validity was found. Participants had increased odds of improved mood during religious/spiritual activities compared to nonreligious/spiritual activities. Associations with gender and religious affiliations were found. The DPD is a valid tool for studying religious/spiritual activities and opens novel avenues for chaplaincy research and the development of chaplaincy interventions incorporating these findings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-19
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Health Care Chaplaincy
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - Nov 20 2016

Keywords

  • cystic fibrosis
  • daily phone diary
  • mood
  • parents
  • religiosity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Religious studies

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    Szczesniak, R. D., Zou, Y., Dimitriou, S. M., Quittner, A., & Grossoehme, D. H. (Accepted/In press). Use of the Daily Phone Diary to Study Religiosity and Mood: Convergent Validity. Journal of Health Care Chaplaincy, 1-19. https://doi.org/10.1080/08854726.2016.1253955