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RELTRAD (Religious Tradition)

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.

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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.

Several files in theARDA’s Data Archive have examples of this Measure.

TRAD: Variable 11 from National Congregations Study, Cumulative Dataset (1998 and 2006-2007)

RELTRAD: Variable 141 from Religion and Politics Survey, 2000

RELIGION: Variable 189 from God and Society in North America, 1996

RELTRAD2: Variable 395 from Baylor Religion Survey, 2005

VCF0128A: Variable 67 from American National Election Studies, Cumulative Data File, 1948-2004

RELTRAD: Variable 800 from National Study of Youth and Religion, Wave 1 (2003)

Several files in theARDA's Data Archive have examples of this Measure.
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