Multidimensionality of Spirituality: A Qualitative Study among Secular Individuals

Demmrich, Sarah; Huber, Stefan (2019). Multidimensionality of Spirituality: A Qualitative Study among Secular Individuals. Religions, 10(11), p. 613. MDPI 10.3390/rel10110613

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This study examines the multidimensionality of spirituality by comparing the applicability of two models—the five-dimensional model of religiosity by Huber that we have extended with a sixth dimension of ethics and the three-dimensional spirituality model by Bucher. This qualitative study applied a semi-structured interview guideline of spirituality to a stratified sample of N = 48 secular individuals in Switzerland. To test these two models, frequency, valence, and contingency analysis of Mayring’s qualitative content analysis were used. It could be shown that Bucher’s three-dimensional model covers only about half of the spirituality codes in the interviews; it is especially applicable for implicit and salient spiritual aspects in general, as well as for spiritual experience in specific. In contrast, the extended six-dimensional model by Huber could be applied to almost all of the spirituality-relevant codes. Therefore, in principle, the scope of this six-dimensional model can be expanded to spirituality. The results are discussed in the context of future development of a multidimensional spirituality scale that is based on Huber’s Centrality of Religiosity by extending the religiosity concept to spirituality without mutually excluding these concepts from each other.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

01 Faculty of Theology > Institute of Empirical Religious Research

UniBE Contributor:

Huber, Stefan

ISSN:

2077-1444

Publisher:

MDPI

Language:

English

Submitter:

Stefan Huber

Date Deposited:

11 Nov 2019 14:44

Last Modified:

24 Nov 2019 02:45

Publisher DOI:

10.3390/rel10110613

Uncontrolled Keywords:

spirituality; multidimensional model; Centrality of Religiosity; seculars; implicit spirituality

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.134837

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/134837

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