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Religious Behaviors Questionnaire, 1987




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 92-item questionnaire is designed to measure religious behaviors. For the first 90 items, the respondent indicates whether or not he or she has participated in the behavior in the past month. The last two items ask the respondent to indicate how often they have attended religious services during the past year and whether their religion is Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, other, or none.

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Data File

Cases: 88
Variables: 107
Weight Variable: None

Data Collection


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. Individuals were then chosen to participate 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


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).

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.

For 8)BIBLE to 100)REFALEC
The following statement precedes this set of questions: Each of the statements which follow concern religion. Read each statement carefully. If you have participated in the behavior over the past month, type Y. If you have not participated in the behavior over the past month, type N. Please use the T/Y and F/N keys.

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