Northern California Church Member Study, 1963 (ICPSR 7590)
Principal Investigator(s): Glock, Charles Y.; Stark, Rodney
This data collection contains survey data on 2,871 church members residing in the San Francisco Bay area in 1963. The main research objective of the study was to assess the degree to which certain interpretations of Christian faith may continue to be a source of contemporary anti-Semitism. The primary focus of the questionnaire was the examination of respondents' religious knowledge, activities, beliefs, experiences, and intergroup relations, as well as their attitudes toward other religious and cultural groups, specifically Jews. In addition, they were asked their opinion on the appropriateness of denominations taking stands on current social and political issues and were questioned on their religious background and the role that religion played in their lives. Personal data were also solicited, including other organizational memberships, television viewing, book reading habits, political affiliation, occupation, education, marital status, number of children, sex, and race. The file also includes 48 derived measures.
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Glock, Charles Y., and Rodney Stark. NORTHERN CALIFORNIA CHURCH MEMBER STUDY, 1963. Conducted by Charles Y. Glock and Rodney Stark, University of California, Berkeley. ICPSR ed. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [producer and distributor], 1978. doi:10.3886/ICPSR07590.v1
Persistent URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR07590.v1
Scope of Study
Subject Terms: anti-Semitism, Catholicism, Christianity, church membership, counties, Jews, media influence, memberships, political attitudes, Protestantism, religion, religious attitudes, religious behavior, religious beliefs, religious knowledge, religious congregations, social attitudes, stereotypes
Date of Collection:
Universe: Church members residing in predominantly white Protestant and Roman Catholic congregations in four northern California counties: Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, and Santa Clara.
Data Types: survey data
Data Collection Notes:
1) A full description of the sampling plan and of the procedures followed in collecting the data is included in the appendix to Glock, Charles Y., and Rodney Stark. CHRISTIAN BELIEFS AND ANTI-SEMITISM. New York, NY: Harper & Row, 1966. 2) The frequencies are provided by ICPSR as a Portable Document Format (PDF) file. The PDF file format was developed by Adobe Systems Incorporated and can be accessed using PDF reader software, such as Adobe Acrobat Reader. Information on how to obtain a copy of the Acrobat Reader is provided on the ICPSR Web site.
Sample: Stratified random sampling. All Protestant and Roman Catholic congregations in the four counties were listed, and a random sample was then drawn according to the size of their membership. The membership lists from the selected congregations were gathered and then a random sample was drawn from them. Mail questionnaires were sent to the 4,420 Protestant church members and 1,900 Roman Catholic church members who were selected. The completed return rate was 72 percent of the Protestant respondents and 53 percent of the Roman Catholic respondents, or a total of 2,871.
Extent of Processing: ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:
- Performed consistency checks.
- Standardized missing values.
- Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.
Original ICPSR Release: 1984-03-18
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