Psikhologicheskie Issledovaniya • ISSN 2075-7999
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2021 Vol. 14 Issue 75

Abitov I.R., Akbirova R.R. Development of superstition questionnaire

Full text in Russian: Абитов И.Р., Акбирова Р.Р. Разработка опросника суеверности
Kazan (Volga Region) Federal University, Kazan, Russia

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The article addresses the main superstitiousness concepts, analyzes the structure of the phenomenon and gives a working definition of superstitiousness. The paper also provides the results of creating and testing of the original methodology “Superstitiousness Inventory” and its psychometric parameters. The questionnaire includes 30 statements that describe ritual behavior and beliefs typical for the Russian urbanistic subculture. A 4-point scale is used to estimate the frequency of manifesting these beliefs and ritual behavior (0-3 points). The overall sample population included 661 respondents (N=661). 553 of them are female (n = 553) and 108 are male aged (n = 108) 17-66 (SD age = 25,1). The study was carried out in the Internet. All the questionnaires were converted to Google format and sent to respondents using the social network “VKontakte”. Psychometric measures test showed test-retest reliability of the methodology (r = 0,91, p < 0,0001) and internal consistency (α = 0,92). Construct validity was verified by calculating the coefficients of correlation between the superstitiousness indicator that was received using the “Superstitiousness Inventory” and the superstition indicator from the Paranormal Belief Scale by J. Tobacyk (adapted D.S.Grigoriev) and all the scores parameters of the “Beliefs and Superstitions Questionnaire” by I.Ya.Stoyanova. Correlation analysis showed construct validity of the “Superstitiousness Inventory”. The paper also provides the results of the methodology standardization, instruction and the text of the questionnaire.

Keywords: superstitiousness, structure of superstitiousness, superstitiousness diagnostics

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The reported study was funded by RFBR, project number 20–013–00644 А

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Received 08 August 2020. Date of publication: 04 March 2021.

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Abitov Ildar R. PhD (Psychology), Associate Professor of the Department of Clinical psychology and Psychology of Personality, Institute of Psychology and Education, Kazan (Volga Region) Federal University, Mezhlauka, 1, 420111 Kazan, Russia.
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Akbirova Rezeda R. Assistant Professor of the Department of Clinical psychology and Psychology of Personality, Institute of Psychology and Education, Kazan (Volga Region) Federal University, Mezhlauka, 1, 420111 Kazan, Russia.

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Abitov I. R., Akbirova R. R. Development of Superstitiousness Inventory. Psikhologicheskie Issledovaniya, 2021, Vol. 14, No. 75, p. 1.

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