Religiosity

Abstract

The Religiosity measure is a three-item instrument that estimates the religiosity of children in the early teen years. This measure was created for the Fast Track Project.

The measure contains two questions about a child's participation in activities at a church, temple, or mosque. A third question asks about the child's frequency of prayer activity during the past year. For the first question response choices are "Yes" and "No". The second question has the choices: "Not at all" (0), "No more than twice" (1), "4-5 times" (2), "At least once a month" (3), and "At least once a week" (4). The final question has the choices: "No more than twice" (0), "4-5 times" (1), "At least once a month" (2), "At least once a week" (3), and "Daily" (4).

Since this measure contains no subscales there is no scoring program or scored dataset contents. The table only show the count of responses for items 2 and 3.

Chi-square results for Item 1 suggest that this item discriminates between normative and control respondents for Year 9. However, t-tests of means for Items 2 and 3 do not show significant differences between the normative and control groups. This measure, particularly Item 1, may be useful to analysts as an estimate of religiosity, depending on the construct of interest.

Dataset Names

Raw Dataset Name: CyAO
Scored Dataset Name: RLGySCc

Keywords

Organized Religion, Church Activities, Prayer