Title

Multidimensional structure of the quest construct.

Publication Date

Summer 2011

Abstract

The study of religious motivation has been an impor tant area of research in the psychology of religion since Allport and Ross (1967) developed their measure of intrinsic/extrinsic religion. Batson (1976) expanded the model of religious motivation by proposing the quest construct and its measurement with the Interactional Scale. Two additional measures of quest were developed by Altemeyer and Hunsberg er (1992) and Dudley and Cruise (1990). Questions have been raised about the reliability and validity of the quest construct and its measures. The present study investigates the dimensionality and convergence of three measures of quest using a sample of 1200 undergraduates from nine Christian liberal arts col leges. Exploratory and confirmatory factor analyses identified five quest dimensions.

Keywords

Motivation (Psychology); Psychology and religion;

Publication Title

Journal of Psychology & Theology

Volume

39

Issue

2

First Page

87

Last Page

110

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