Measuring theodicy: Individual differences in the perception of divine intervention
The attribution of control to God may have particularly interesting psychological properties. Theodicy refers to the perception of God controlling history - even the minutiae of daily events. The current study examines the psychometric properties of a new instrument, the Theodicy Scale. Results support the reliability of the brief scale when administered to college students, and some evidence is provided suggesting construct validation. Theodicy appears to represent a unitary construct and scores vary independent of social desirability bias. The absence of a relationship between Theodicy scores and simulated medical advice raises questions to be addressed in future research. © Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2008.
Attribution, Control, Religion
Daugherty, Timothy K., Aimee M. West, Melissa C. Williams, and Jakob M. Brockman. "Measuring theodicy: Individual differences in the perception of divine intervention." Pastoral Psychology 58, no. 1 (2009): 43-47.