The Daily Spiritual Experience Scale (DSES): validation of the short form in an elderly French population

Can J Aging. 2010 Jun;29(2):223-31. doi: 10.1017/S0714980810000152. Epub 2010 May 14.


The study's purpose was to evaluate the psychometric properties of the short form of the Daily Spiritual Experience Scale (DSES) in an elderly French population. Two studies were conducted to examine the psychometric properties of the DSES. Results of factor analysis (studies 1-2) and confirmatory factor analysis (Study 2) indicated that the DSES can be conceptualized on a single general factor. The reliability of the DSES appeared to be satisfactory with good internal consistency (studies 1-2) and good temporal stability (Study 2). As expected, higher scores were correlated with good life satisfaction and good self-evaluation of health, but no correlation was found with depression. Study results provided preliminary evidence of the psychometric properties of the French translation of the DSES short version. This short version indicates the potential benefit of encouraging the spiritual aspects of life and could be used in a variety of health-related research.

Publication types

  • Validation Study

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Depression / epidemiology
  • Factor Analysis, Statistical
  • Female
  • France
  • Health Status
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Principal Component Analysis
  • Psychometrics
  • Quality of Life
  • Spirituality*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires*