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Published DSES Studies

Many of the key studies using the scale are summarized in Underwood, L. (2011) The Daily Spiritual Experience Scale: Overview and Results, Religions 2:1, 29-50. The book, Spiritual Connection in Daily Life, Chapter 5: Research Results, Underwood, L (2013) includes  some additional studies up to that date. Over 400 published studies have included the DSES as of 2019, and the 2002 paper on the scale has been cited over 1000 times in the peer-reviewed literature.

I am in the midst of doing a book that summarizes utility of the DSES using a subset of 80 of the studies using the DSES that have been shown to predict: resiliency following difficult life circumstances, post-traumatic growth, greater sense of meaning and coherence in life, diminished negative effects of stress and trauma, less burnout, less PTSD, less substance abuse and other addictions, and more prosocial behaviors. The book also summarizes the studies that show interventions that increase frequency of DSE’s and time course in terms of causation, such as the results from longitudinal and smartphone studies. It will be available as an e-book by August 2019.