The Revised Intrinsic/Extrinsic Religious Orientation Scale in a Sample of Attica’s Inhabitants


The purpose of this research was to standardize the Greek version of the “Revised Intrinsic/Extrinsic Religious Orientation Scale” on a sample of Athen’s inhabitants. This scale is based on the revised version by Gorsuch and MacPherson (1989) of the original scale by Ross (1967). 496 adults from various areas of Athens, Greece participated in this research. Men’s percentage was 31.9% (Ν = 158) and women’s percentage was 67.5% (Ν = 335), while the sample’s average age was 31.33 years old, ranging from 18 to 69. Factor analysis revealed three factors with eigenvalues above 1 which, in combination, accounted for 56.58% of the variance. Those three factors were “intrinsic religiousness”, “extrinsic socially oriented religiousness” and “extrinsic personally oriented religiousness”. Factorial structure on the Greek sample differed from the one of the original revised versions (intrinsic-extrinsic religiousness). According to the Scale’s final structure, the 1st factor’s reliability was α = 0.827, the 2nd factor’s α = 0.729 and the 3rd factor’s α = 0.466. The results of the analysis demonstrate that the final form of the Scale can be used on similar studies concerning Greek population. Applications and value of the results are included in the discussion.

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Darvyri, P. , Galanakis, M. , Avgoustidis, A. , Pateraki, N. , Vasdekis, S. & Darviri, C. (2014). The Revised Intrinsic/Extrinsic Religious Orientation Scale in a Sample of Attica’s Inhabitants. Psychology, 5, 1557-1567. doi: 10.4236/psych.2014.513166.

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