Measurement Wizard > Multi-Item Measures > Religiosity, Multi-Dimensional Scales > Brief Multidimensional Measurement of Religiousness/Spirituality (BMMRS)

Extent to which respondent engages in private religious practices.

Data File: General Social Survey, 1998

Source: Fetzer Institute, National Institute on Aging Working Group. 2003. Multidimensional Measurement of Religiousness, Spirituality for Use in Health Research. A Report of a National Working Group. Supported by the Fetzer Institute in Collaboration with the National Institute on Aging. Kalamazoo, MI.


General Instructions:

READWORD uses different response categories than MEDITATE and PRIVPRAY. Variables will require recode or to be converted to z-scores before combining. Alpha = .72.

Any special instructions related to individual items will be listed below those items.


READWORD from General Social Survey, 1998

How often have you read the Bible in the last year? (READWORD)
TOTAL%
1) Several times a day372.6
2) Once a day1168.0
3) Several times a week1439.9
4) Once a week1329.1
5) Less than once a week40628.1
6) Not read60241.7
9) No answer90.6
TOTAL1445100.0

Item Instructions (READWORD):

Code item as follows: Convert '9) No answer' to missing data.


PRIVPRAY from General Social Survey, 1998

How often do you pray privately in places other than at church or synagogue? (PRIVPRAY)
TOTAL%
1) More than once a day34323.7
2) Once a day37325.8
3) A few times a week19513.5
4) Once a week694.8
5) A few times a month785.4
6) Once a month332.3
7) Less than once a month1298.9
8) Never18612.9
98) Dont know141.0
99) No answer251.7
TOTAL1445100.0

Item Instructions (PRIVPRAY):

Code item as follows: Convert '98) Don't know' and '99) No answer' to missing data.


MEDITATE from General Social Survey, 1998

Within your religious or spiritual tradition, how often do you meditate? (MEDITATE)
TOTAL%
1) More than once a day1238.5
2) Once a day18813.0
3) A few times a week1309.0
4) Once a week684.7
5) A few times a month604.2
6) Once a month463.2
7) Less than once a month956.6
8) Never66045.7
98) Dont know473.3
99) No answer281.9
TOTAL1445100.0

Item Instructions (MEDITATE):

Code item as follows: Convert '98) Don't know' and '99) No answer' to missing data.




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