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Psychometric evaluation of the Spiritual Coping Strategies Scale Arabic version for Saudi nursing students

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Aim: To evaluate the psychometric properties of the Spiritual Coping Strategies scale Arabic version (SCS-A) in a sample of nursing students in Saudi Arabia. Method: This study had a cross-sectional design with a convenience sample of 100 nursing students in Saudi Arabia. Using the SCS-A and the Muslim Religiosity Scale for data collection, data were analyzed to establish the reliability and validity of the SCS-A. Findings: Good internal consistency reliability (Cronbach’s α > .70) and stability reliability (intraclass correlation coefficient > .80) were observed. Two dominant factors were extracted from the scale items, the nonreligious coping strategies and religious coping strategies, which accounted for 35.5% and 32.7% of the variance, respectively. The religious coping subscale exhibited a strong positive correlation with the religious practices subscale of the Muslim Religious Involvement Scale (r = .45, p < .001) and total religiosity score (r = .48, p < .001) as well as a weak positive correlation with the intrinsic religious beliefs subscale (r = .25, p < .05). No significant relationship was found between nonreligious coping subscale and the Muslim Religious Involvement Scale. Conclusion: The SCS-A exhibited an acceptable validity and reliability, supporting its sound psychometric properties with respect to the responses from Saudi nursing students.

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Cruz JP, Alquwez N, Alqubeilat H, Colet PC. Psychometric evaluation of the Spiritual Coping Strategies Scale Arabic version for Saudi nursing students. Journal of Holistic Nursing. 2017;35(2):198-207.


Methods Condition Gender Age Country Setting Sample size
healthy Both 18 and above Saudi Arabia
Education Institute 100

Number of items

20 items


Measure does not require training

Required time

6-30 min

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Articles last updated: December 2020