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28.04.2018 | Original Paper

Religious Discrimination Scale: Development and Initial Psychometric Evaluation

Journal of Religion and Health
G. E. Kawika Allen, Kenneth T. Wang, P. Scott Richards, Mason Ming, Han Na Suh


This study presents the development and initial psychometric evaluation of the Religious Discrimination Scale (RDS). This 11-item instrument identified three dimensions based on perceived discrimination experiences of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS): Perceived Prejudice, Closet Symptoms, and Negative Labels. The psychometric evaluations of the RDS indicated a strong and clear factor structure as well as good internal consistency reliability. The test of measurement and structural invariance across gender also suggested that the RDS scale is equally appropriate to be used with both men and women. Implications for practice and research as well as future directions are discussed.

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