Organizational Religiousness

Organizational Religiousness
Multidimensional Measurement of Religiousness/Spirituality
Adopted: Ellen Idler (1999)
 
ORGANIZATIONAL RELIGIOUSNESS
LONG FORM
Attendance (General Social Survey)
1. How often do you attend religious services?
1 –Never‚ 2 -Less than once a year‚ 3- About once or twice a year‚ 4- Several times a year‚ 5 -About once a month‚ 6 - 2-3 times a month‚ 7 -Nearly every week‚ 8 -Every week‚ 9 -Several times a week
2. Besides religious services‚ how often do you take part in other activities at a place of worship?
1 –Never‚ 2 -Less than once a year‚ 3- About once or twice a year‚ 4- Several times a year‚ 5 -About once a month‚ 6 - 2-3 times a month‚ 7 -Nearly every week‚ 8 -Every week‚ 9 -Several times a week
Fit (Pargament‚ Tyler‚ and Steele 1979; Benson 1988)
3. We all differ according to our general interests‚ attitudes‚ beliefs‚ and values. Your church/synagogue‚ in turn‚ has its own unique identity as demonstrated through its religious‚ educational‚ organizational‚ and social activities. Church/synagogue members may differ somewhat according to how well they‚ as individuals‚ fit in their church/synagogue.
How well do you feel that you fit in your church/synagogue?
1 - Fit extremely well‚ 2 - Fit very well‚ 3 - Fit slightly‚ 4 - Do not fit very well‚ 5 - Do not fit at all
4. If I had to change churches/synagogues‚ I would feel a great sense of loss.
1 - Strongly agree‚ 2 – Agree‚ 3 - Not sure‚ 4 – Disagree‚ 5 - Strongly disagree
5. I feel at home in this church/synagogue.
1 - Strongly agree‚ 2 – Agree‚ 3 - Not sure‚ 4 – Disagree‚ 5 - Strongly disagree
6. I would change my church/synagogue if it developed major leadership or financial problems.
1 - Strongly agree‚ 2 – Agree‚ 3 - Not sure‚ 4 – Disagree‚ 5 - Strongly disagree
7. The church/synagogue I attend matters a great deal to me.
1 - Strongly agree‚ 2 – Agree‚ 3 - Not sure‚ 4 – Disagree‚ 5 - Strongly disagree
Worship Experience (Idler)
8. Following is a list of things people commonly experience in religious worship services. Please state how often you do these things when attending services and how important they are to you.
a. Listening to others perform music.
1 - More than once per service‚
1 - Extremely important
2 - One per service
2 - Very important
3 - Regularly but not every service
3 - Somewhat important
4 - Occasionally
4 - Of slight importance
5 - Never
5 - Not important at all
b. Singing or performing music yourself.
1 - More than once per service
1 - Extremely important
2 - One per service
2 - Very important
3 - Regularly but not every service
3 - Somewhat important
4 - Occasionally
4 - Of slight importance
5 - Never
5 - Not important at all
c. Praying.
1 - More than once per service
1 - Extremely important
2 - One per service
2 - Very important
3 - Regularly but not every service
3 - Somewhat important
4 - Occasionally
4 - Of slight importance
5 - Never
5 - Not important at all
d. Reading or listening to Scripture or Torah.
1 - More than once per service
1 - Extremely important
2 - One per service
2 - Very important
3 - Regularly but not every service
3 - Somewhat important
4 - Occasionally
4 - Of slight importance
5 - Never
5 - Not important at all
e. Listening to the sermon or drasha.
1 - More than once per service
1 - Extremely important
2 - One per service
2 - Very important
3 - Regularly but not every service
3 - Somewhat important
4 - Occasionally
4 - Of slight importance
5 - Never
5 - Not important at all
f. Participating in rituals or sacraments‚ such as commun‎ion‚ baptism‚ or lighting the Sabbath candles.
1 - More than once per service
1 - Extremely important
2 - One per service
2 - Very important
3 - Regularly but not every service
3 - Somewhat important
4 - Occasionally
4 - Of slight importance
5 - Never
5 - Not important at all
g. Thinking about the beauty of the building.
1 - More than once per service
1 - Extremely important
2 - One per service
2 - Very important
3 - Regularly but not every service
3 - Somewhat important
4 - Occasionally
4 - Of slight importance
5 - Never
5 - Not important at all
h. Sitting in silence.
1 - More than once per service
1 - Extremely important
2 - One per service
2 - Very important
3 - Regularly but not every service
3 - Somewhat important
4 - Occasionally
4 - Of slight importance
5 - Never
5 - Not important at all
i. Being part of a healing ritual‚ like the laying on of hands.
1 - More than once per service
1 - Extremely important
2 - One per service
2 - Very important
3 - Regularly but not every service
3 - Somewhat important
4 - Occasionally
4 - Of slight importance
5 - Never
5 - Not important at all
j. Receiving gifts of the spirit‚ like speaking in tongues.
1 - More than once per service
1 - Extremely important
2 - One per service
2 - Very important
3 - Regularly but not every service
3 - Somewhat important
4 - Occasionally
4 - Of slight importance
5 - Never
5 - Not important at all
ORGANIZATIONAL RELIGIOUSNESS
SHORT FORM
Attendance (General Social Survey)
1. How often do you attend religious services?
1 –Never‚ 2 -Less than once a year‚ 3- About once or twice a year‚ 4- Several times a year‚ 5 -About once a month‚ 6 - 2-3 times a month‚ 7 -Nearly every week‚ 8 -Every week‚ 9 -Several times a week
2. Besides religious services‚ how often do you take part in other activities at a place of worship?
1 –Never‚ 2 -Less than once a year‚ 3- About once or twice a year‚ 4- Several times a year‚ 5 -About once a month‚ 6 - 2-3 times a month‚ 7 -Nearly every week‚ 8 -Every week‚ 9 -Several times a week
 
Multidimensional Measurement of Religiousness/Spirituality for Use in Health Research: A Report of the Fetzer Institute/National Institute on Aging Working Group
 
This instrument can be found on pages 75-79 of Multidimensional Measurement of Religiousness/Spirituality for Use in Health Research: A Report of the Fetzer Institute/National Institute on Aging Working Group‚ available online at http://fetzer.org/resources/multidimensional-measurement-religiousnessspirituality-use-health-research

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