Religiosity Scales Project

Many existing scales to measure religiosity among Christians appear inappropriate for significant parts of the Christian community because the questions asked focus on the very ideas that distinguish different denominations and movements. The existing scales and the groups used to establish norms for them are being examined. After the most widely used scales are identified, members of a variety of churches will be invited to complete the scales and reflect on the experience. In addition, focus groups at African-American churches will examine how African-American church-goers talk about their faith, the results will be compared to the language used in existing scales, and recommendations made about future scale development.

Principal Investigator: Marsha Cutting.
Team members: Chunku Kang, Cherita Johnson Cloy, Carl Kantner, Cristian Onofrei, Michelle Walsh, Sharon Houlahan.

  • Cutting, M. L., Cloy, C., Houlahan, S., Kantner, C., Onofrei, C., and Walsh, M. (2005, April) “Reconsidering religiosity scales.” Paper presented at the APA Divsion 36 Annual Midyear Research Conference on Religion and Spirituality, Columbia, MD.
  • Cutting, M. L. (2006, March). “Religious scales—What ought to be included?” Paper presented at the APA Division 36 Annual Midyear Research Conference on Religion and Spirituality, Columbia, MD.