Three self-scoring, clearly structured questionnaires have been developed by Jared Kass that empower individuals to engage in a personal process of psychospiritual growth. The questionnaires generate concrete discussions and practical self-inquiry that help individuals identify resilient and self-defeating aspects of their current worldview, and the role that their spirituality plays in this maturational process. Regular, periodic use of these questionnaires helps individuals monitor and evaluate important areas of their psychospiritual growth. The questionnaires are available in English and Spanish.
These three questionnaires can be used by individuals (adults, adolescents, families) and by professionals and institutions that help individuals engage in psychospiritual growth:
1) Building a Resilient Worldview: The Inventory of Positive Psychological Attitudes (IPPA)
The IPPA has 32 items that help individuals assess whether they show evidence of a resilient worldview when confronting stressful situations and life challenges. It has two sub-scales. Life Purpose and Satisfaction taps confident attitudes about one’s personal life and life itself (existential perspective). Self-Confidence During Stress measures the degree to which individuals feel confident in their own abilities and confident they will receive supportive help during challenging situations. As a unified whole, the IPPA measures Confidence in Life and Self. Each item has a 7-point scale that helps individuals track changes in these 32 items.
2) Building Spiritual Foundations for a Resilient Worldview: The Index of Core Spiritual Experiences (INSPIRIT)
The INSPIRIT has 7 items that help individuals deepen their spirituality by developing an experiential form of contemplative practice. Whether their practice is meditation, prayer, yoga, walking in nature, daily activities (e.g., washing dishes), or serving others, the INSPIRIT measures the degree to which individuals experience themselves connected to a transcendent dimension of life. The final item is a checklist of experiences that meditators often report (novice to advanced) and the impact of these experiences on their perceptions of a transcendent dimension of life. Each INSPIRIT item uses a 4-point scale to monitor changes.
3) Building a Resilient Worldview through Person-Centered Spirituality: The Spirituality and Resilience Assessment Packet (SRA)
The SRA combines the IPPA and INSPIRIT into a unified assessment packet. After scoring and assessing growth on each scale separately, the SRA helps individuals examine the degree to which their spirituality is contributing to a resilient worldview. This comparison helps them determine whether their contemplative practice is producing changes in their responses to stress and challenging situations, sharpening their process of psychospiritual development.
Individuals and professionals can choose which questionnaires are most appropriate for their particular purposes.
TO PREVIEW THE SELF-TEST FORMAT OF THESE INSTRUMENTS:
The following menu will help individuals and professionals examine sample models of these self-assessment instruments.
The menu also includes the registration fees for their use (modest, life-time registration fee).
A) Building a Resilient Worldview: The Inventory of Positive Psychological Attitudes (IPPA)
English Version SAMPLE IPPA SELF SCORE ENGLISH (pdf)
Spanish Version SAMPLE IPPA SELF SCORE SPANISH (pdf)
B) Building Spiritual Foundations for a Resilient Worldview: The Index of Core Spiritual Experiences (INSPIRIT)
English Version SAMPLE INSPIRIT SELF SCORE ENGLISH (pdf)
Spanish Version SAMPLE INSPIRIT SELF SCORE SPANISH (pdf)
C) Building a Resilient Worldview through Person-Centered Spirituality: The Spirituality and Resilience Assessment Packet (SRA)
English Version SAMPLE SRA ENGLISH (pdf)
Spanish Version SAMPLE SRA SPANISH (pdf)
D) Registration Fees for Individuals, Professionals, and Institutions Registration Fees (pdf)
NOTE FOR SOCIAL SCIENTISTS and CLINICAL RESEARCHERS: These instruments were originally developed for social science and clinical research. In their research format, the questionnaires are presented in random-order formats that must be scored by a research team. If you are a social scientist or clinician who wants to use the research format of these instruments, please see the Social Science and Clinical Research Section of the website
To register to use any of these self assessment instruments, please fill out the appropriate Registration Application.
All other inquiries may be directed to Kerry Gough, Assistant Director of the Institiute for Psychospiritual Maturation, at email@example.com
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