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Behavioral Rules, Presence of

Does the congregation have rules that govern member behavior, such as restrictions (e.g. abortion, pre-marital sex, displays of wealth) or requirements (e.g. tithing, proselytizing).


Below are 40 questions from surveys in the ARDA that attempt to measure this concept.

  • Q12A from Baylor Religion Survey, 2005LEARN MORE
    • Q12 By your best guess, how would your place of worship feel about the following behaviors - a. Speaking in tongues (Q12A) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • Q12B from Baylor Religion Survey, 2005LEARN MORE
    • Q12 By your best guess, how would your place of worship feel about the following behaviors - b. Raising hands during the service (Q12B) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • Q12C from Baylor Religion Survey, 2005LEARN MORE
    • Q12 By your best guess, how would your place of worship feel about the following behaviors - c. Laying on of hands/healing (Q12C) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • Q12D from Baylor Religion Survey, 2005LEARN MORE
    • Q12 By your best guess, how would your place of worship feel about the following behaviors - d. Members claiming new revelations from God (Q12D) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • ABORTION from Baylor Religion Survey, Wave II (2007)LEARN MORE
    • Q12g. By your best guess, how would your current place of worship feel about each of the following behaviors? Abortion (ABORTION) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • COHABIT from Baylor Religion Survey, Wave II (2007)LEARN MORE
    • Q12e. By your best guess, how would your current place of worship feel about each of the following behaviors? Living together before marriage (COHABIT) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • CONTRA from Baylor Religion Survey, Wave II (2007)LEARN MORE
    • Q12f. By your best guess, how would your current place of worship feel about each of the following behaviors? Use of contraception (CONTRA) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • DISPWLTH from Baylor Religion Survey, Wave II (2007)LEARN MORE
    • Q12i. By your best guess, how would your current place of worship feel about each of the following behaviors? Displays of wealth (DISPWLTH) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • PORN from Baylor Religion Survey, Wave II (2007)LEARN MORE
    • Q12a. By your best guess, how would your current place of worship feel about each of the following behaviors? Pornography (PORN) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • HOMOSEX from Baylor Religion Survey, Wave II (2007)LEARN MORE
    • Q12h. By your best guess, how would your current place of worship feel about each of the following behaviors? Homosexual behavior (HOMOSEX) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • REVEAL from Baylor Religion Survey, Wave II (2007)LEARN MORE
    • Q12c. By your best guess, how would your current place of worship feel about each of the following behaviors? Wearing revealing clothing (REVEAL) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • PREMARSX from Baylor Religion Survey, Wave II (2007)LEARN MORE
    • Q12d. By your best guess, how would your current place of worship feel about each of the following behaviors? Premarital sex (PREMARSX) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • GAMBLING from Baylor Religion Survey, Wave II (2007)LEARN MORE
    • Q12b. By your best guess, how would your current place of worship feel about each of the following behaviors? Gambling (GAMBLING) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • PASTDANC from Survey of Northern California Church Bodies, 1963LEARN MORE
    • Now we would like you to tell us how you think your pastor feels about a variety of things. We realize that this may be somewhat difficult for you to decide, but we ask you to do the best you can. For each of the following items, we would like you to decide whether your pastor approves or disapproves of it, or really has no preference either way. -- Dancing (PASTDANC) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • STEWEMP4 from Indiana Mainline Churches, 1986LEARN MORE
    • Think about the emphasis on stewardship and giving in your congregation, indicating the emphasis on particular forms of stewardship. -- Emphasis on tithing or proportionate giving (STEWEMP4) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • ABSTAIN from Middletown Area Study, 1998LEARN MORE
    • ASKED ONLY OF THOSE RESPONDENTS WHO ATTEND CHURCH: To what extent does your congregation teach that to be in Gods favor a person needs to completely give up many behaviors that one might otherwise enjoy, such as drinking alcohol and dancing? (ABSTAIN) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • ABSTAIN from Middletown Area Study, 1997LEARN MORE
    • ASKED ONLY OF THOSE RESPONDENTS WHO ATTEND CHURCH: To what extent does your congregation teach that to be in Gods favor a person needs to completely give up many behaviors that one might otherwise enjoy, such as drinking alcohol and dancing? Would you say: (ABSTAIN) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • KICKOUT from Middletown Area Study, 1994LEARN MORE
    • The church makes people who do not follow the rules leave the church. Is this: (KICKOUT) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • STRICT from Middletown Area Study, 1994LEARN MORE
    • The church has strict rules about things such as how to dress in church and how much money to give the church. Is this: (STRICT) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • LEAVE from Middletown Area Study, 1996LEARN MORE
    • ASKED ONLY OF THOSE RESPONDENTS WHO HAVE A RELIGIOUS PREFERENCE: My church pressures people who do not follow the rules to leave the church. Does this: (LEAVE) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • STRICT from Middletown Area Study, 1996LEARN MORE
    • ASKED ONLY OF THOSE RESPONDENTS WHO HAVE A RELIGIOUS PREFERENCE: My church has strict rules about things such as how to dress in church and how much money to give the church. Does this: (STRICT) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
  • GIVEUP from Middletown Area Study, 2002LEARN MORE
    • To what extent does the congregation you attend teach that to be in Gods favor a person needs to completely give up many behaviors that one might otherwise enjoy, such as drinking, dancing and gambling? Would you say: (GIVEUP) EXPAND/COLLAPSE
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