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The Spiritual Well-Being Scale

The Spiritual Well-Being Scale is a general indicator of perceived well-being which may be used for the assessment of both individual and congregational spiritual well-being. It provides an overall measure of the perception of spiritual quality of life, as well as subscale scores for Religious and Existential Well-Being. The Religious Well-Being subscale provides a self-assessment of one's relationship with God, while the Existential Well-Being Subscale gives a self-assessment of one's sense of life purpose and life satisfaction.

The SWBS is composed of twenty items, ten of which assess religious well-being specifically, and ten of which assess existential well-being.

The SWBS is a paper-pencil instrument currently available in English and Spanish. The standard method is for the scale to be self-administered and it takes 10-15 minutes to complete.

The SWBS can be ordered directly through this Life Advance, website, in small or large quantities.

The Authors

Dr EllisonDr. PaloutizianDr. Ellison and Dr. Paloutzian are the authors of the Spiritual Well-Being Scale, editors, authors of numerous books, professors Counseling and Psychology.

The History

The development of the spiritual Well-Being Scale began at a time in American society when there was an increasing interest in measuring various aspects of the quality of life. Simultaneously with this, there occurred an interest in and awareness of spiritual issues and the religious aspects of human experience. The initial approaches to measuring life quality included measuring tangible and countable goods and services, such as the number of household items that existed in the average home. On the other hand, it was also argued that some of the most important and meaningful aspects of life do not equal such tangible and countable things. Some felt that "the quality of life lies in the experience of life" (Campbell, 1976). Because of this, an interest in the measurement of the subjective aspects of the quality of life experience came about. One expression of this was the development of the Spiritual Well-Being Scale.


1. Can the SWBS be used with children?
2. What if respondents don't believe in God? Can "God" be re-worded to "higher power?"
3. Can we use a subscale by itself, i.e., is it meaningful or wise to obtain religious well-being (RWB) or existential well-being (EWB) scores alone?
4. Can the SWBS be used for clinical purposes? How?
5. Is the SWBS usable given possible ceiling effects with certain religious populations?
6. Is the SWBS available in languages other than English?

SWBS Applications

The Spiritual Well-Being Scale can be used in many environments:

  • Clinical Practice
  • Health Care
  • Outcome Evaluation
  • Congregational Assessment

The Spiritual Well-Being Scale is frequently used in various fields of research. In order to keep up to date on how the scale has been beneficial, we depend on our users to inform us on how they are implementing it and using it in their research. If you have used the scale recently in your research, we ask that you fill out a research profile.

Collaborators Welcome

Life Advance, is committed to promoting excellence and cooperation in research. If you are looking for a collaborator, you are welcome to contact us, providing your contact information and a 100 word description of your project. We will try to put you in touch with others whose research interests approximate your own. 


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