How to measure ritual attendance accurately?

Despite the general criticisms of self-reports pointing out problems due to memory and cultural biases, self-reports remain a widespread method for assessing ritual attendance such as churchgoing. During an eight-month-long observation  in a Fijian village, John Shaver, Thomas White, Patrick Vakaoti, and Martin Lang measured how self-report methods correlate with actual church attendance of the local population.

19 Oct 2021

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They found that self-report measures do not predict ritual attendance measured by observation and that people with parental duties were more likely to over-report their ritual attendance. Furthermore, the data suggested that third-part ratings of a person’s religiosity were the best predictor of that person’s frequency of ritual attendance.

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