Religious Orientation Scale(ROS)

Allport & Ross‚ 1967
 
* 1. Although I believe in my religion‚ I feel there are many more important things in my life.
*2. It doesn't matter so much what I believe so long as I lead a moral life.
3. It is important for me to spend periods of time in private religious thought and mediation.
*4. The primary purpose of prayer is to gain relief and protection.
5. If not prevented by unavoidable circumstances‚ I attend church.
6. I try hard to carry my religion over into all my other dealings in life.
*7. The church is most important as a place to formulate good social relationships.
*8. What religion offers me most is comfort when sorrows and misfortune strike.
*9. I pray chiefly because I have been taught to pray.
10. The prayers I say when I am alone carry as much meaning and personal emotion as those said by me during services.
11. Quite often I have been keenly aware of the presence of God or the Divine Being.
12. I read literature about my faith (or church).
*13. Although I am a religious person I refuse to let religious considerations influence my everyday affairs.
14. If I were to join a church group I would prefer to join a Bible study group rather than a social fellowship.
*15. A primary reason for my interest in religion is that my church is a congenial social activity.
16. My religious beliefs are really what lie behind my whole approach to life.
*17. Occasionally I find it necessary to compromise my religious beliefs in order to protect my social and economic well-being.
18. Religion is especially important because it answers many questions about the meaning of life.
*19. One reason for my being a church member is that such membership helps to establish a person in the community.
*20. The purpose of prayer is to secure a happy and peaceful life.
Religion helps to keep my life balanced and steady in exactly the same way as my citizenship‚ friendships‚ and other memberships do‚ ( additional Extrinsic by Feagin 1964)  
Note: *Extrinsic religious orientation items.
 
1 = Strongly Disagree‚ 2= Disagree‚ 3= Neutral‚ 4= Agree‚ 5= Strongly Agree
 
 

Allport‚ G.‚ & Ross‚ J. M. (1967). Personal Religious Orientation and Prejudice. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology‚ 5‚ 447-457.