Religious Fundamentalism Scale, 1986

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The Computer Administered Panel Study (CAPS) collected demographic, personality, attitudinal, and other social psychological data from annual samples of University of North Carolina undergraduates from 1983 through 1988. Respondents spent 60 to 90 minutes per week for 20 weeks during the academic year answering questions via computer terminals. In their comparison of demographic and academic variables, researchers found few significant differences between respondents and the general undergraduate population. This dataset contains the Religious Fundamentalism Scale, which measures religious fundamentalism among Christians- a construct similar to "orthodoxy" as conceived by some other researchers.

Data File
Cases: 96
Variables: 30
Weight Variable: None
Data Collection
Date Collected: 1986
Funded By
The Odum Institute for Research in Social Science
Collection Procedures
Each year of the study, a random sample of registered University of North Carolina undergraduates was invited to attend an orientation session about the project. From those who attended and signed up to participate, 96 students (half male and half female) were chosen on the basis of scheduling compatibility. Each week for 20 weeks, respondents spent 60 to 90 minutes during the academic year answering questions via computer terminals. Respondents were paid a base rate of $4 to $5 per completed weekly session and an average of $2 per session more in rewards and bonuses, including a chance at a substantial end-of-year bonus designed to keep subject attrition low. Data presented here were taken from 1986,1987, and 1988. This information about the survey was taken from the Odum Institute's summary of the CAPS program.
Principal Investigators
The Odum Institute for Research in Social Science
Related Publications
J. Martin, and F. Westie. 1959. The Tolerant Personality. American Sociological Review . 24:521-528.
Notes: CITATION
When citing this study, the following information should be included:
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
(insert study date(s)) Computer Assisted Panel Study (CAPS)
[Computer file]. Chapel Hill: Institute for Research in Social Science
[producer]. Module (insert name of specific CAPS module(s) here).
Notes: For SID
Because the subject's ID is derived from the CAPS year and a sequential number, respondents can be tracked for an entire year's worth of experiments. Datasets can also be merged using the respondent's ID. The original SID, as we received it from the primary investigator, had an underscore between the year and the ID number. The underscore was deleted to make the variable numeric, but the SID was not changed in any other way.

FOR BIBLE, DIVINE, RETURN, CRIME, and ETRNL
Scoring for these variables is "positive" for scoring purposes.

FOR HEAVEN, MORTAL, STORIES, and DEATH
Scoring for these variables is "negative." Suggested scoring procedure: +2, +1, 0, -1, -2. Items to be transformed:

1 will be equal to -2
2 will be equal to -1
3 will be equal to 0
4 will be equal to +1
5 will be equal to +2