Russian Adaptation and Validation of Tobacyk's Revised Paranormal Belief Scale



The paper is devoted to the Russian adaptation of Tobacyk's Revised Paranormal Belief Scale and to the analysis of its factor structure and psychometric performance. The Scale was translated into Russian by means of back translation, followed by five cognitive interviews conducted using the think-aloud method. A survey was carried out subsequently, the results of which were tested using confirmatory factor analysis and other tests of reliability and validity. According to the obtained results, the Scale can be considered a reliable and valid instrument for measuring the degree of belief in the paranormal.

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Keywords: paranormal beliefs, superstition, irrationality, magical thinking, pseudo-science, attitudes

Journal rubric: Methodological Tools

Article type: scientific article

For citation: Grigoryev D.S. Russian Adaptation and Validation of Tobacyk's Revised Paranormal Belief Scale. Sotsial'naya psikhologiya i obshchestvo = Social Psychology and Society, 2015. Vol. 6, no. 2, pp. 132–145. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Dmitry S. Grigoryev, PhD in Psychology, Research Fellow, Center of Socio-Cultural Research, HSE University, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:



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