The development of the Short Muslim Practice and Belief Scale

Tayyiba S.K. AlMarri, Tian P.S. Oei, Samir Al-Adawi

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The majority of the measures of religious practice and belief found in the literature are for persons of the Christian faith; such measures for Muslims are scarce. As examining the role of religion in relation to alcohol consumption is difficult because of the lack of appropriate measures, in the current study, a brief measure of practice and belief for persons of the Islamic faith was developed. Arab Muslims living the United Arab Emirates and Oman (n = 611) and Asian Muslims living in Malaysia and Indonesia (n = 303) were surveyed. The Short Muslim Practice and Belief scale (Short-MPBS) was subjected to exploratory factor analysis and confirmatory factor analysis. These analyses indicated a 9-item measure with a two-factor structure was a good fit of the data. Internal consistency (α = 0.83) and validity were good. Participants who scored higher on the measure were likely to be lifelong alcohol abstainers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)415-426
Number of pages12
JournalMental Health, Religion and Culture
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2009


  • Alcohol
  • Arab
  • Islam
  • Psychometric
  • Scale development

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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