Catholics in Indiana, A Social and Religious Profile, 1994
CitationDavidson, J. D. (2020, September 11). Catholics in Indiana, A Social and Religious Profile, 1994.
SummaryThis statewide questionnaire was designed to gather information about the beliefs and practices of Indiana Catholics. This study was a follow-up to several focus group studies conducted in each Indiana diocese. A self-administered questionnaire was sent to Catholics at least 18 years of age. Respondents were asked questions regarding their religious upbringing, life course experiences and personal attitudes regarding faith and morals.
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Data FileCases: 4554
Weight Variable: None
Data CollectionApril-September 1994
Funded ByThe Lilly Endowment, Inc.
Collection ProceduresSelf-administered questionnaire
Sampling ProceduresA proportionate-to-size 10 percent random sample of Indiana's 490 parishes resulted in 49 parishes being selected for the study. The pastors and staffs of these 49 parishes provided parish rolls that were "cleaned" to exclude people under the age of 18, non-Catholics who were married to Catholics, and elderly persons who were physically or mentally unable to participate in the survey.
From these "cleaned" rolls, 1 percent samples of parishioners from the three largest dioceses (Indianapolis, Gary and Fort Wayne-South Bend) and 2 percent samples from the two smallest dioceses (Lafayette and Evansville) were selected.
In the first mailing, 4,807 questionnaires were sent out. There were three additional mailings encouraging nonrespondents to complete the survey. Non-Catholic and surrogate returns were deleted from the final results. Ultimately, the researchers received 2,636 legitimate responses (57 percent of the eligible respondents). The responses of the two smallest dioceses were then reproduced (multiplied by two) in order for them to be properly weighted in the statewide analysis.
Principal InvestigatorsJames D. Davidson, Purdue University
Related PublicationsDavidson, James D., Andrea S. Williams, Richard A. Lamanna, Jan Stenftenagel, Kathleen Maas Weigert, William J. Whalen, and Patricia Wittberg, S.C. 1997. The Search for Common Ground: What Unites and Divides Catholic Americans. Huntington, Ind.: Our Sunday Visitor.
Williams, Andrea S. and James D. Davidson. 1996. "Catholic Conceptions of Faith: A Generational Analysis." Sociology of Religion 57:273-289.