Survey of Northern California Church Bodies, 1963

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This study sought to answer three fundamental questions about religious commitment: What is the nature of religious commitment? What are the social and psychological sources of religious commitment? What are the social and psychological consequences of religious commitment? (Stark, Rodney and Charles Y. Glock,1968, p. 2-3).

Data File
Cases: 2,875
Variables: 629
Weight Variable: None
Data Collection
Date Collected: Questionnaires, Spring-Summer 1963
Funded By
The Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith
Collection Procedures
Self-administered mail questionnaires
Sampling Procedures
"[Nearly] 3,000 persons randomly selected from the church member population of four Northern California counties...completed a lengthy and detailed questionnaire....This sample was obtained first by randomly selecting a sample of congregations, weighted for size, from all Protestant and Roman Catholic congregations in the four counties...a random sample of members was obtained by sampling individual membership lists." (Stark, Rodney and Charles Y. Glock, 1968, p. 6-7). A detailed description of the sample design and collection procedures is included as an appendix in Glock and Stark (1966).
Principal Investigators
Charles Y. Glock and Rodney Stark
Related Publications
Glock, Charles Y. and Rodney Stark. 1966. Christian Beliefs and Anti-Semitism. New York: Harper and Row. Republished: 1979: Greenwood Press.

Stark, Rodney and Charles Y. Glock. 1968. American Piety: The Nature of Religious Commitment. Berkeley: University of California Press.