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Measures how often one meditates

Below are 22 questions from surveys in the ARDA that attempt to measure this concept. Mouse over a survey name to see further details on a survey.

Q16 from Baylor Religion Survey, 2005

Q16 About how often do you pray or meditate outside of religious services (Q16)
TOTAL%
1) Never22113.0
2) Only on certain occasions24114.2
3) Once a week or less1176.9
4) A few times a week29517.4
5) Once a day34820.5
6) Several times a day47528.0
TOTAL1697100.0


MEDITATE from National Study of Youth and Religion, Wave 1 (2003)

Y229. TEXT: Now I want to read you a list of different religious and spiritual activities. Please tell me whether you have done them during the last YEAR or not. Just yes or noIn the last year, have you [INSERT LIST A-H]: Practiced any religious or spiritual meditation technique, not including prayer. (MEDITATE)
TOTAL%
0) No3,00689.2
1) Yes35010.4
777) Dont know120.4
888) Refused20.1
TOTAL3370100.0


PRAY from Baylor Religion Survey, Wave II (2007)

Q17. About how often do you pray or meditate outside of religious services? (PRAY)
TOTAL%
0) Never18211.1
1) Only on certain occasions26916.5
2) Once a week or less1257.6
3) A few times a week25915.8
4) Once a day29117.8
5) Several times a day50931.1
Missing14 
TOTAL1,635100.0


DEVOTION from U.S. Congregational Life Survey, 2001, Random Attenders

How often do you spend time in private devotional activities (such as prayer, meditation, reading the Bible alone)? (DEVOTION)
TOTAL%
1) Every day53,94945.2
2) Few week21,39717.9
3) Once week6,1165.1
4) Occasion23,17619.4
5) Hardly evr10,7529.0
6) Never3,9483.3
TOTAL119338100.0


Q42C from U.S. Religious Landscape Survey - Continental Dataset

How often do you meditate - would you say at least once a week, once or twice a month, several times a year, seldom, or never? (Q42C)
TOTAL%
1) At least once a week15,03342.3
2) Once or twice a month2,6137.3
3) Several times a year1,5174.3
4) Seldom4,28212.0
5) Never11,16531.4
9) Dont know/Refused (Vol.)9462.7
TOTAL35556100.0


MEDITATE from National Study of Youth and Religion, Wave 3 (2007-2008)

(meditate_w3) Q:1. In the last year, have you [INSERT LIST B-F] [READ STEM FOR B AND THEN ONLY IF NECESSARY]? B. practiced any religious or spiritual meditation techniques, not including prayer (MEDITATE)
TOTAL%
0) No2,11983.7
1) Yes40115.8
777) Dont know20.1
999) Legitimate skip100.4
TOTAL2532100.0


MEDITATE from National Study of Youth and Religion, Wave 2 (2005)

(meditate_w2) Q:1. In the last year, have you [INSERT LIST B-F] [READ STEM FOR B AND THEN ONLY IF NECESSARY]? B. Practiced any religious or spiritual meditation techniques, not including prayer (MEDITATE)
TOTAL%
0) No2,22685.5
1) Yes35513.6
666) Invalid skip230.9
TOTAL2604100.0


Q42C from U.S. Religious Landscape Survey - Alaska and Hawaii Dataset

How often do you meditate - would you say at least once a week, once or twice a month, several times a year, seldom, or never? (Q42C)
TOTAL%
1) At least once a week15338.2
2) Once or twice a month369.0
3) Several times a year215.2
4) Seldom6115.2
5) Never11829.4
9) Dont know/Refused (Vol.)123.0
TOTAL401100.0


RELHRS1 from General Social Survey, 1998

In the past month, about how many hours have you spent doing religious activities in your home (such as time spent praying, meditating, reading religious books, listening to religious broadcasts, etc.) (RELHRS1)
TOTAL%
TOTAL0100.0


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


STSRELPR from Economic Values Survey, 1992

Thinking specifically about job-related stress, how often do you use these measures to relieve feelings of stress from your job: never, rarely, sometimes, or often? -- pray or meditate (STSRELPR)
TOTAL%
1) Never1,80435.9
2) Rarely91618.2
3) Sometimes1,20824.1
4) Often1,03620.6
5) Dont Know561.1
TOTAL5,020100.0


PRAYG_NO from Faith Communities Today (FACT) 2000, Combined File

During the past 12 months, did your congregation have any of the following programs or activities in addition to your regular [weekend/Sunday] school? Prayer or meditation groups, No (PRAYG_NO)
TOTAL%
0) Does not apply00.0
1) Circled2,68730.6
2) Not circled6,09769.4
Missing5,517 
TOTAL8,784100.0


PRAYG_Y1 from Faith Communities Today (FACT) 2000, Combined File

During the past 12 months, did your congregation have any of the following programs or activities in addition to your regular [weekend/Sunday] school? Prayer or meditation groups, One-time, short-term, or occasional event (PRAYG_Y1)
TOTAL%
0) Does not apply00.0
1) Circled1,58828.4
2) Not circled3,99971.6
Missing8,715 
TOTAL5,587100.0


PRAYG_Y2 from Faith Communities Today (FACT) 2000, Combined File

During the past 12 months, did your congregation have any of the following programs or activities in addition to your regular [weekend/Sunday] school? Prayer or meditation groups, On-going during a particular season (PRAYG_Y2)
TOTAL%
0) Does not apply00.0
1) Circled1,25022.8
2) Not circled4,23077.2
Missing8,821 
TOTAL5,480100.0


PRAYG_Y3 from Faith Communities Today (FACT) 2000, Combined File

During the past 12 months, did your congregation have any of the following programs or activities in addition to your regular [weekend/Sunday] school? Prayer or meditation groups, On-going throughout the year (PRAYG_Y3)
TOTAL%
0) Does not apply00.0
1) Circled6,31564.2
2) Not circled3,52235.8
Missing4,464 
TOTAL9,837100.0


RELCON5 from America's Evangelicals

Now I am going to read you a list of things that people do as part of their religious life. How often have you done each of the following activities in the last 12 months -- every day, once or twice a week, once or twice a month, once or twice a year, or never? Spend time in prayer or meditation (RELCON5)
TOTAL%
1) Every day85953.4
2) Once or twice a week33821.0
3) Once or twice a month1378.5
4) Once or twice a year794.9
5) Never18311.4
6) Dont know/Refused140.9
TOTAL1610100.0


INVOLV11 from Small Groups Survey, 1991 (Groups Sample)

Are you currently involved in any of the following? -- Meditating (INVOLV11)
TOTAL%
1) Yes28329.7
2) No66769.9
3) Dont know/Refused40.4
Missing66 
TOTAL954100.0


INVOLV11 from Small Groups Survey, 1991 (Individuals Not in Groups Sample)

Are you currently involved in any of the following? -- Meditating (INVOLV11)
TOTAL%
1) Yes18119.0
2) No77080.6
3) Dont know/Refused40.4
Missing5 
TOTAL955100.0


MEDITATE from Four-State Church Involvement Study, 1988

Do you practice any meditation techniques, like those taught by Transcendental Meditation, Zen, the Divine Light Mission, or others? (MEDITATE)
TOTAL%
1) Yes33712.9
2) No2,27787.1
TOTAL2614100.0


PRAY from National Survey of the Religious Life Futures Project, 1990

How often do you pray or meditate privately? (PRAY)
TOTAL%
1) Seldom or never911.5
2) Only on very special occasions961.6
3) About once a week1722.8
4) Several times a week1,09618.0
5) Daily (regardless of number of times)4,58875.5
6) Other360.6
TOTAL6079100.0


YOGA from Middletown Area Study, 1990

How often do you meditate or practice yoga? (YOGA)
TOTAL%
1) Frequently235.5
2) Occasionally174.1
3) Seldom225.3
4) Never35284.6
5) Dont know20.5
TOTAL416100.0


OFT_MED from Arts and Religion Survey, 1999

How often do you meditate? (OFT_MED)
TOTAL%
1) Every Day104,42824.6
2) Nearly Every Day33,0667.8
3) About Once a Week35,5688.4
4) Several Times a Month15,6813.7
5) About Once a Month10,8142.6
6) Several Times a Year12,7603.0
7) Hardly Ever or Never192,00045.3
8) Dont Know, Refused19,3964.6
TOTAL423,713100.0




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