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  • Why do Small Religious Groups Have More Committed Members?
    Olson, Daniel V.A. (2008)
    Review of Religious Research 49:4: 353-378.

    Based on membership & interview data in the U.S.A.; locally small denominations are more likely to depend on converts & to lose less committed members, thereby having more committed current members.

    Associated Search Terms: Commitment; Conversion; United States; Ecology
  • The effects of religious commitment on the academic achievement of urban and other children.
    Jeynes, William H. (2003)
    Eduction and Urban Society36:1: 44-62.

    Associated Search Terms: Education; Commitment
  • The Commitment Process in a Religious Commune: The Shakers.
    Cosgel, Metin M. (2001)
    Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 40:1: 27-38.

    Identifies predictors of persistence in the commune from the 1860 census to the 1870 one.

    Associated Search Terms: Commitment; Commune; Shaker
  • Acts of Faith: Explaining the Human Side of Religion.
    Stark, Rodney, and Roger Finke (2000)
    Berkeley: University of California Press.

    Received the 2001 Book Award from the American Sociological Association’s Sociology of Religion Section. Chinese translation published by the People's University Press of China, 2004. Translated by Fenggang Yang. Korean translation published by Bookorea Publishing Co., Forthcoming.

    Associated Search Terms: Vocation; Market model; Rational choice theory; Sisters; Catholic; Competition; Secularization; Congregation size; Commitment; Sect; Mormon; Social capital; Conversion
  • Youth Religious Commitment Over Time: A Longitudinal Study of Retention.
    Dudley, Roger L. (1999)
    Review of Religious Research 41: 109-120.

    Panel survey data begins with American & Canadian Seventh-day Adventist teenagers.

    Associated Search Terms: Seventh-day Adventist; Commitment; Membership; Youth
  • Religion and Political Behavior in the United States: The Impact of Beliefs, Affiliations, and Commitment from 1980 to 1994.
    Layman, Geoffrey C. (1997)
    Public Opinion Quarterly 61:2: 288-316.

    Associated Search Terms: Belief; Denomination (organizational entity); Commitment; Politics, U.S.A.
  • ASC Induction Techniques, Spiritual Experiences, and Commitment to New Religious Movements.
    Howell, Julia Day (1997)
    Sociology of Religion 58:2: 141-164.

    Based on 1991-95 participant observation with Brahma Kumaris in Sydney & Brisbane; illustrates the role of experience in securing commitment.

    Associated Search Terms: Australia; Brahma Kumari, Australia; Meditation; Participant observation; Life histories; Experience; New religions; Commitment
  • Interpreting Adversity: Dynamics of Commitment in a Messianic Redemption Campaign.
    Shaffir, William (1994)
    Jewish Journal of Sociology 36:1: 43-53.

    Associated Search Terms: Messian; Commitment
  • Religious Participation and Commitment among American Catholic Parishioners.
    Welch, Michael R. (1993)
    In David A. Roozen and C. Kirk Hadaway (eds.) Church & Denominational Growth. Nashville: Abingdon, pp. 324-345, 370-371.

    Associated Search Terms: Commitment; Practice; Catholic, U.S.A.
  • Church Growth through Member Identification and Commitment: A Congregational Case Study.
    Wilson, Gerald L., Joann Keyton, G. David Johnson, Cheryl Geiger, and Johanna C. Clark (1993)
    Review of Religious Research 34:3: 259-272.

    Based on interviews in a growing congregation in a middle sized city in the U.S. South; the strength of the church lay in smaller groups within it that allow for the expression of voluntarism.

    Associated Search Terms: Parish; Organization; Commitment; United Methodist; Voluntarism
  • Do Catholic Societies Really Exist?
    Stark, Rodney (1992)
    Rationality and Society 4:3: 261-271.

    Proposes Catholics' commitment varies inversely with the proportion of a society's population that is Catholic; applies the hypothesis to nation states.

    Associated Search Terms: Catholic; Commitment; Pluralism; Monopoly
  • Religious Commitment, Zionism and Integration in a Jewish Community: Repliction and Refinement of Levine's Hypothesis.
    Winter, J. Alan (1991)
    Review of Religious Research 33:1: 47-59.

    Analyzes 1977-78 interview data from the Los Angeles, California, area; shows Jewish commitment & Zionism to be separate dimensions.

    Associated Search Terms: Zionism; Assimilation; Jewish, U.S.A.; United States, California, Los Angeles; Commitment
  • Religious and Secular Factors of Role Strain in Orthodox Jewish Mothers.
    Bunim, Sarah Silver (1986)
    Unpublished Ph.D.. dissertatio, Wurzweiler School of Social Work, yeshiva University. [DA 47:11 A, p. 4189]

    Analyzes interview data from 75 Orthodox Jewish mothers; shows role strain increasing as levels of commitment to halakhah increase.

    Associated Search Terms: Commitment; Role conflict; Women; Jewish, Orthodox, U.S.A.
  • Divorce and Group Commitment: The Case of the Jews.
    Brodbar-Nemzer, Jay Y. (1986)
    Journal of Marriage and the Family 48:2: 329-340.

    analyzes 1981 questionnaire data from the New York metropolitan area; shows Jewish group commitment, especially religious commitment, inversely related to divorce rates.

    Associated Search Terms: Commitment; Jewish, U.S.A.; Divorce; United States, New York, New York
  • Do Converts Always Make the Most Committed Christians?
    Barker, Irwin R., and Raymond F. Currie (1985)
    Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 24:3: 305-313.

    Analyzes data from Evangelical congregations (various denominations) in a city of 600,000; converts from non-evangelical churches had no greater commitment than did those who had the born-again experience without such a change.

    Associated Search Terms: Commitment; Conversion; Evangelical, Canada
  • Transformations in Religious Commitment.
    Wittberg, Patricia (1985)
    Review for Religious 44:2: 161-170.

    Examines changes in commitment mechanisms as Catholic religious communities change from international communities to voluntary associations.

    Associated Search Terms: Commune; Orders/congregations; Catholic, U.S.A.; Association; Voluntarism; Commitment
  • Mormon Commitment Rhetoric.
    Shepherd, Gary, and Gordon Shepherd (1984)
    Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 23:2: 129-139.

    Content analysis of Mormon leaders' commitment rhetoric shows changes over time; transcendence is the most consistently salient category.

    Associated Search Terms: Mormon; Commitment; Content analysis; Transcendence
  • Conversion, Alternation and Commitment.
    Barker, Irwin R. (1982)
    Unpublished M.A. thesis, University of Manitoba.

    Analyzes data from Evangelical congregations (various denominations) in a city of 600,000; converts from non-evangelical churches had no greater commitment than those who had the born-again experience without such a change.

    Associated Search Terms: Evangelical, Canada; Commitment; Conversion
  • Religious Commitment, Political Conservatism, and Political and Social Tolerance in the United States: A Longitudinal Analysis.
    Smidt, Corwin E., and James M. Penning (1982)
    Sociological Analysis 43:3: 231-246.

    Analyzes 1974, '77, & '80 National Opinion Research Center (U.S.A.) data; shows religious commitment inversely related to political tolerance; the impact varies by issue.

    Associated Search Terms: Conservative, U.S.A.; Tolerance; Commitment; Politics, U.S.A.; United States
  • Towards a Theory of Religious Commitment.
    Stark, Rodney, and William Sims Bainbridge (1980)
    Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 19:2: 114-128.

    Presents basic definitions & axioms for a general theory of religious commitment; uses a generally deprivation theory approach.

    Associated Search Terms: Deprivation; Commitment
  • A Test of Theories of Protestant Church Participation and Commitment.
    Hoge, Dean R., and David T. Polk (1980)
    Review of Religious Research 21:3: 315-329.

    Analyzes 1971 survey data from pastors & church members of 15 denominations in the U.S. & Canada.

    Associated Search Terms: Practice; Socialization; Deprivation; Contributions; Commitment; Belief
  • Values as a Function of Religious Commitment in Judaism.
    Weisbrod, Aviva, Martin F. Sherman, and Nancy C. Sherman (1980)
    Journal of Social Psychology 110: 101-107.

    Reports research in Baltimore on 15 couples from each of 3 troups--2 Orthodox & 1 Reform.

    Associated Search Terms: Values; Jewish, U.S.A.; United States, Maryland, Baltimore; Commitment
  • Control in Organizations and the Commitment of Members.
    Hougland, James G., Jr., and James R. Wood (1980)
    Social Forces 59:1: 85-105.

    Analyzes information on 58 Protestant churches in Indianapolis.

    Associated Search Terms: Power; United States, Indiana, Indianapolis; Protestant, U.S.A.; United States, Indiana; Organization; Commitment
  • Concepts and Indicators of Religious Commitment: A Critical Review.
    Roof, Wade Clark (1979)
    In Robert Wuthnow (ed.) The Religious Dimension. New Directions in Quantitative Research. New York: Academic Press, pp. 17-45.

    Associated Search Terms: Commitment; Measurement
  • Commitment and Religious Community: A Comparison of a Charismatic and a Mainline Congregation.
    McGaw, Douglas B. (1979)
    Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 18:2: 146-163.

    Based on participant observation, interview, & questionnaire data from 2 congregations in New England. The charismatic one elicited more commitment by providing meaning & belongingness.

    Associated Search Terms: Commitment; United Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A.; Pentecostal, neo; Participant observation; Parish
  • Congregational Size and the Decline of Sectarian Commitment: The Case of Jehovah's Witnesses in South and North America.
    Alston, Jon P., and Benjamin E. Aguirre (1979)
    Sociological Analysis 40:1: 63-70.

    Commitment levels 1950-76 were highest in smaller congregations.

    Associated Search Terms: Commitment; Jehovah´s Witness, Paraguay; Paraguay; Brazil; United States; Jehovah´s Witness, Brazil; Jehovah´s Witness, U.S.A.; Congregation size
  • Becoming a Sectarian: Motivation and Commitment.
    Wilson, Bryan R. (1978)
    In Derek Baker (ed.) Religious Motivation: Biographical and Sociological Problems for the Church Historian. Oxford: Blackwell, pp. 481-506.

    Conversion to sects is discovered as such by the converts post hoc, & is then conceptualized in the framework of the newly-acquired ideology.

    Associated Search Terms: Conversion; Sect; Commitment
  • A Serpent-Handling Church in a Midwestern City: A Study of Commitment.
    Ambrose, Kenneth P. (1978)
    Unpublished Ph.D.. dissertation, Ohio State University. [DA 39:8 A, p. 5171]

    Uses 10 years participant observation, interviews, & archival records to study commitment & decision-making in a serpent-handling congregation.

    Associated Search Terms: Serpent handling; Commitment; Participant observation
  • Identity and Commitment.
    Hardin, Bert L., and Günter Kehrer (1978)
    In Hans Mol (ed.), Identity and Religion. International, Cross-cultural Approaches. Beverly Hills, California: Sage, pp. 83-96.

    Based on observations in West Germany.

    Associated Search Terms: Commitment; Unification Church, Germany; Identity; Germany, West
  • Alienation from Religion in Adolescents from Fundamentalist Religious Homes.
    Dudley, Roger L. (1978)
    Journal for the Scientific study of Religion 17:4: 389-398.

    Analyzes questionnaire data from 400 American Seventh-day Adventist high school students; an authoritarian image of parents & perceived inconsistency of parents' profession & action weaken religious commitment, especially practice.

    Associated Search Terms: Commitment; Family; Seventh-day Adventist; Practice; Students, secondary
  • A Longitudinal, Cross-national Indicator of Societal Religious Commitment.
    Wuthnow, Robert (1977)
    Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 16:1: 87-99.

    Assesses & analyzes UNESCO data on religious publications.

    Associated Search Terms: Media; Commitment; Comparative
  • Correlates of Clergy Commitment: The Salvation Army Officers, an Illustrative Case Study.
    Nieves, Alvar (1977)
    Unpublished Ph.D.. dissertation, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

    Associated Search Terms: Commitment; Clergy; Salvation Army
  • A New Approach to Religious Commitment.
    Davidson, James D., and Dean D. Knudsen (1977)
    Sociological Focus 10:2: 151-173.

    Develops a conceptualization of commitment & illustrates it with data from Purdue University students.

    Associated Search Terms: Students, undergraduate; Commitment; Dimensions of religiosity
  • Congregation and Religious Commitment: A Comparative Study of Religious Meaning and Belonging.
    McGaw, Douglas B. (1977)
    Unpublished Ph.D.. dissertation, University of Massachusetts. [DA 38:6 A, p. 3743]

    Compares participant observation, interview, & questionnaire data from 2 congregations in New England, 1 charismatic & 1 mainstream.

    Associated Search Terms: Commitment; Pentecostal, neo; Participant observation; Parish; United Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A.
  • Commitment: A Comment on Uses of the Concept.
    Payne, Barbara P., and Kirk W. Elifson (1976)
    Review of Religious Research 17:3: 209-215.

    Questions whether commitment should be equated with religiosity; reviews the literature.

    Associated Search Terms: Commitment
  • Belonging, Commitment and Early Socialization in a Western City.
    Currie, Raymond F. (1976)
    In Stewart Crysdale and Les Wheatcroft (eds.), Religion in Canadian Society. Toronto: Macmillan of Canada.

    Associated Search Terms: Membership; Commitment; Socialization; Canada
  • Becoming a Nun: Social Order and Change in a Radical Community.
    Hammersmith, Sue Kiefer (1976)
    Unpublished Ph.D.. dissertation, Indiana University. [DA 37;11 A, p. 7327]

    Based on field work & interviews in a teaching order & in a contemplative one, both undergoing change in the post-Vatican II era. Focuses on the dilemmas of sustaining commitment to a less radical way of life.

    Associated Search Terms: Commitment; Change; Orders/congregations; Sisters; Catholic, U.S.A.
  • On Conceptualizing Salience in Religious Commitment.
    Roof, Wade Clark, and Richard B. Perkins (1975)
    Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 14:2: 111-128.

    Analyzes 1968 data from North Carolina Episcopalians; supports a linear, additive model of salience in religious commitment rather than a specification model.

    Associated Search Terms: Episcopal; United States, North Carolina; Commitment; Salience
  • Dutch Catholics on Birth Control and Sexuality.
    Hutjes, Jan M. (1975)
    Sociologia Neerlandica 11:2: 144-158.

    Analyzes 1969 survey data from Dutch Catholic couples (wives aged under 50); church commitment was inversely related to use of artificial contraception.

    Associated Search Terms: Sexual attitudes; Catholic, Netherlands; Netherlands; Commitment; Birth control
  • Political Radicalism and Religion: Competitors for Commitment.
    Cheal, David J. (1975)
    Social Compass 22:3: 245-260.

    Analyzes data from Birmingham, England.

    Associated Search Terms: Great Britain, Birmingham; Atheist, Great Britain; Commitment; Surrogate for religion; Politics, Great Britain
  • Toward the Measurement of Commitment Strength.
    Wimberley, Ronald C. (1974)
    Sociological Analysis 35:3: 211-215.

    Analyzes questionnaire data from Southern Baptist adults in Texas; suggests measuring commitment strength apart from the content of underlying commitment positions.

    Associated Search Terms: Commitment; Religiosity; United States, Texas; Southern Baptist
  • Marginality and Commitment as Hidden Variables in the Jellinek/Weber/Merton Theses on the Calvinistic Ethic.
    Mol, Hans (Johannes J.) (1974)
    Current Sociology 22:1/2/3: 279-297.

    Associated Search Terms: Weber, Max; Merton, Robert K.; Protestant Ethic; Jellinek, Georg; Marginality; Commitment
  • Religion and Sex in a University Sample: Data Bearing on Mol's Hypotheses.
    Martin, J., and Mary Westbrook (1973)
    Australian Journal of Psychology 25:1: 71-79.

    Analyzes questionnaire data from students at Macquarie University; shows religious & sexual commitments not to be rivals, but religious students more likely to observe traditional norms.

    Associated Search Terms: Sexual activity; Students, undergraduate; Commitment
  • Religious Commitment and Conservatism: In Search of an Elusive Relationship.
    Wuthnow, Robert (1973)
    In Charles Y. Glock (ed.) Religion in Sociological Perspective: Essays in the Empirical Study of Religion. Belmont, California: Wadsworth, pp. 117-132.

    Review of the literature of empirical studies.

    Associated Search Terms: Commitment; Conservative, U.S.A.
  • Commitment and the Internal Organization of Millennial Movements.
    Kanter, Rosabeth Moss (1972)
    American Behavioral Scientist 16:2: 219-243.

    Overview of the formation of commitment in communal millennial movements.

    Associated Search Terms: Commitment; Millenarian; Millennial; Commune; Social movement; Organization
  • A Comparative Study of the Effects of Roman Catholic High Schools and Public High School on the Roman Catholic Commitment of Roman Catholic Students in Southern Ontario.
    Denys, Joseph G. (1972)
    Unpublished Ph.D.. dissertation, University of Waterloo.

    Associated Search Terms: Students, secondary; Education; Catholic, Canada; Canada, Ontario; Commitment
  • The Organization of Commitment in the Catholic Pentecostal Movement.
    Harrison, Michael I. (1971)
    Unpublished Ph.D.. dissertation, University of Michigan. [DA 33:5 A, p. 2513]

    Uses 1969 data from questionnaires, observation, interviews, & documents; compares with a University of Michigan Catholic student sample. Focuses on engendering subjective commitment & behavioral personal investment.

    Associated Search Terms: Commitment; Students, undergraduate; Pentecostal, Catholic, U.S.A.; United States, Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • Religion and Sex in Australia.
    Mol, Hans (Johannes J.) (1970)
    Australian Journal of Psychology 22:2: 105-114.

    analyzes survey data from 3 Australian states; finds religiosity inversely related to approval of sex outside of marriage. Sees sex as a rival of religion for a limited quantity of commitment.

    Associated Search Terms: Australia; Commitment; Sexual attitudes
  • Bridge Burners: Commitment and Participation in a Religious Movement.
    Hine, Virginia H. (1970)
    Sociological Analysis 31:2: 61-66.

    The experiential source of commitment consists of a subjective state that changes the self-image, of some cognitive restructuring, & overt acts that set one apart in some way.

    Associated Search Terms: Cognitive; Self concept; Pentecostal; Commitment; Experiential dimension
  • A Preliminary Sketch of Methodological Problems Associated with the Measurement of Religiosity, and an Analysis of Social and Personality Correlates of Differential Religious Commitment.
    Stuebing, William Kenneth (1969)
    Unpublished M.A. thesis, University of Manitoba.

    Associated Search Terms: Commitment; Religiosity scale; Methodology
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