The Road Not Taken: Fostering Research on the Psychology of Religiosity and Spirituality via Underused Representative, Open-Access Datasets (ROADs)

Psychologists studying religiosity and spirituality (R/S) often face several challenges when conducting their research, such as collecting data from nationally representative samples, cross-cultural generalizability, statistical power, and integrated multilevel approaches. We examined one potential...

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Published in:The international journal for the psychology of religion
Authors: Scott, Matthew J.; Cohen, Adam B.; Johnson, Kathryn A.; Okun, Morris A.
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: [2019]
In:The international journal for the psychology of religion
Year: 2019, Volume: 29, Issue: 3, Pages: 204-221
Standardized Subjects / Keyword chains:B Religious psychology / Research / Religiosity / Spirituality / Open Science
Online Access: Volltext (Resolving-System)
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Summary:Psychologists studying religiosity and spirituality (R/S) often face several challenges when conducting their research, such as collecting data from nationally representative samples, cross-cultural generalizability, statistical power, and integrated multilevel approaches. We examined one potential solution-the use of Representative, Open-Access Datasets (ROADs), which are currently underutilized. In this article, we define ROADs; discuss affordances, obstacles, and best practices in using them; document the R/S variables available in various waves of ongoing ROADs collection efforts; and delineate ways to increase usage of ROADs as a research tool in the future. This will enhance the capability of psychologists to address theory-driven questions and to better understand the role of R/S in everyday life, including social attitudes, health, and well-being, as well as social change, cohesion, and conflict. Looking forward, we recommend (a) adding more, and more nuanced, variables to future ROADs data collection efforts; (b) publishing more frequently using ROADs data; and (c) conducting workshops to promote the use of ROADs and to train researchers in secondary data analysis techniques.
Item Description:Die Aufsätze in gedruckter Form von 29.2019,1-4 sind in einem Zeitschriftenheft zusammengefasst
ISSN:1532-7582
Reference:Errata "Correction (2019)"
Contains:Enthalten in: The international journal for the psychology of religion
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1080/10508619.2019.1596000