Role of Religiosity in the Lives of the Low-Income Population: A Comprehensive Review of the Evidence. Multi-Item Measurement


Surprisingly, religious affiliation is not assessed in most studies. A single-item measure of the frequency of church attendance is a widespread appraisal of religiosity. Distinguishing between organizational and nonorganizational religiosity is common across studies. Many studies include multi-dimensional scales that measure general religious beliefs or the importance of religion in everyday lives. In addition, many studies create religiosity scales by combining responses to multiple questions. The questions included on scales measuring religious beliefs or practices are not specific to a particular religion or to a health outcome. There are some notable exceptions including questions such as, My religion tells me that Emergency Contraception is morally wrong and If God wants me to have cancer, its His will.

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