Choose the Method for Aggregating Religious Identities that Is Most Appropriate for Your Research

Conrad Hackett, Philip Schwadel, Gregory A. Smith, Elizabeth Podrebarac Sciupac, Claire Gecewicz

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Some U.S. surveys measure many religious identities, including detailed Protestant affiliations. Researchers must decide how to aggregate these diverse identities. There are now a variety of options for aggregating religious groups into categories. Depending on the research question, it may be appropriate to use one of the existing options or to develop an aggregation strategy tailored to the project in question.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)807-816
Number of pages10
JournalJournal for the Scientific Study of Religion
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2018



  • denomination
  • methodology
  • race
  • religious identity
  • religious traditions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Religious studies

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