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Religious Affiliation

This refers to an individual’s self-identified religious tradition or denomination of choice.  In other words, it is the established religious group or tradition which an individual most identifies with.

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Sherkat, Darren E.  2001.  “Tracking the Restructuring of American Religion: Religious Affiliation and Religious Mobility, 1973-1998.”  Social Forces 79(4):1459-1493.

Steensland, Brian, Jerry Z. Park, Mark D. Regnerus, Lynn D. Robinson, W. Bradford Wilcox, and Robert D. Woodberry. 2000. “The Measure of American Religion: Toward Improving the State of the Art.” Social Forces 79(1): 291-318.

The following are possible measures of Religious Affiliation that can be created using data from theARDA.com
In 2000, Steensland and colleagues proposed a new method for classifying religious tradition which was based on both doctrine and historical changes in religious groups.  The schematic divides religious traditions into black Protestant, Catholic, evangelical Protestant, Jewish, mainline Protestant, no religion, and "other" religion.  The "other" category functions as a catch-all to reduce missing cases in multivariate analyses with listwise deletion, but should not be substantively interpreted, as it contains a mixture of Eastern religious traditions, Mormons, and everything in between.  The classification scheme is created by using variables such as affiliation and denomination to classify respondents. View related items in the Measurement Wizard:
This divides affiliation within Protestantism into differing religious organizations.  This is a standard question available in a wide range of data sets. View related items in the Measurement Wizard:     Examples  
Several files in the ARDA's Data Archive have examples of this measure.
DENOM - 2008 General Social Survey (similar measures available in other waves)
VCF0129 - National Election Studies (cumulative data file 1948-2004)
Q1 - 2005 Baylor Religion Survey
DENOM - U.S. Religious Landscape Survey
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