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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 36  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 275-282
Spiritual health scale 2011: Defining and measuring 4 th dimension of health

1 Department of Education & Training (NIHFW), Distance Learning Cell (NIHFW), New Delhi, India
2 Chancellor - Santosh University, Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, India

Correspondence Address:
Neera Dhar
Room No. 343, Dept. of Education and Training, National Institute of Health and Family Welfare, Baba Gang Nath Marg, Munirka, New Delhi-110067
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Source of Support: National Institute of Health and Family Welfare, New Delhi, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0970-0218.91329

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In the midst of physical comforts provided by the unprecedented developments in all spheres of life, the humanity is at cross roads and looking at something beyond these means. Spirituality has now been identified globally as an important aspect for providing answers to many questions related to health and happiness. The World Health Organization is also keen at looking beyond physical, mental and social dimensions of the health, and the member countries are actively exploring the 4 th Dimension of the health i.e. the spiritual health and its impact on the overall health and happiness of an individual. National Institute of Health and Family Welfare (NIHFW), realized this need and initiated a research study in this direction. In this study, an effort was made to define this 4 th Dimension of health from a common worldly person's perspective and measure it. 3 Domains, 6 Constructs and 27 Determinants of spiritual health were identified through a scientific process. A statistically reliable and valid Spiritual Health Scale (SHS 2011) containing 114 items has been developed. Construct validity and test- retest reliability has been established for urban educated adult population. The scale is first of its kind in the world to measure the spiritual health of a common worldly person, which is devoid of religious and cultural bias. Its items have universal applicability.

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