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Title: Quantifying implicit religion : a critical assessment of definitions, hypotheses, methods and measures
Author: Lord, Karen Antoinette Roberta
ISNI:       0000 0001 3612 7546
Awarding Body: University of Wales, Bangor
Current Institution: Bangor University
Date of Award: 2008
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This dissertation evaluates the feasibility of a measure for implicit religiosity, and adapts an existing measure of religiosity to examine the presence of implicit religiosity among music and sports science students. Scales from the adapted measure are tested for reliability, and the resulting data is compared to data from similar research on religiosity. The dissertation is divided into three parts. Part one examines the background to the creation of the construct of implicit religion, and the development of its meaning and usage up to the present day. Hypotheses on the structure and function of religion and implicit religion are discussed with reference to recent understandings of implicit religion and simil~r concepts from other fields which illuminate the theoretical foundation of both religiosity and implicit religiosity. Part two continues with an in-depth examination of measures of religiosity and measures of secular motivation. Particular attention is given to measures which support the theoretical framework. constructed in part one. The selection and adaptation of the measure and the selection of the sample to be surveyed are discussed. Methods of data analysis are outlined and key characteristics of an effective measure are identified. VI Supplied by The British Library - 'The world's knowledge' Part three reports information and statistics associated with the sample and the context in which it is located, as well as data from the survey. The scales constructed from survey items are tested for reliability, and further analysis is carried out in the form of t-tests and correlation and partial correlation tables. These results are discussed against the background of the statistics and information about the sample and its environment, and comparisons are drawn with similar studies on religious behaviour and secular motivation. Recommendations for improving the study are given, new findings are reported, and suggestions for future research are offered. The dissertation concludes with an assessment of the effectiveness of the measure, and a discussion of the potential for future research.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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