Religious Fundamentalism Scale, 1987

DOI

10.17605/OSF.IO/FZK23

Summary

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: 90
Variables: 30
Weight Variable: None

Data Collection

1987

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 were 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. This information about the survey is 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

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).

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

FOR HEAVEN, MORTAL, STORIES, and DEATH
Scoring for these variables are "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

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.
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