ERIC Number: ED166201
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Mar-19
Reference Count: 0
Development of a Committed-Nominal Religious Attitude Scale.
Meyer, Roger A.
A new test of religiosity was developed, since it was felt that religiosity was more complex than could be explained by the two previously used factors: intrinsic and extrinsic. Committed religiosity was defined as those behaviors and attitudes which indicate total dedication to religious beliefs; that is, they provide a purpose in life and the personal strength to achieve that purpose. Nominal religiosity describes the person whose life style indicates that the religious organization or philosophy has been accepted so that the individual receives personal or social gratification from an external source of power. Protestant ministers and church members provided adjectives describing these two types, and the rating scale was constructed. It was completed by 199 people representing 11 religious affiliations. Principal components analysis revealed thirteen significant factors, six of which were interpretable: (1) general religion; (2) closed-minded, ecclesiastical nominalism; (3) situational religion, true nominalism; (4) utilitarian nominalism; (5) anti-clerical, personal commitment; and (6) true commitment. Three second order factors were interpretable: nominalism; self centered narrow mindedness; and general religiosity. Preliminary questionnaires and the 130-item committed Nominal-Religious Attitudes Scale are appended. (GDC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Committed Nominal Religious Attitudes Scale
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association (New Orleans, Louisiana, March, 1976); Best copy available; For related document, see TM 007 698