Encyclopedia of Religion
and Society

William H. Swatos, Jr. Editor

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One way that social scientists measure religiosity (or degree of religious commitment).

Salience is a subjective indicator of importance of religion to a person. The measurement of salience typically involves asking a survey respondent a question, for example, "How important would you say that religion is to you? Extremely important, quite important, fairly important, not too important, or not important at all." It is rather highly correlated to several other measures of religiosity, such as frequency of prayer and regularity of attendance at worship services.

See also Commitment, Religiosity

Keith A. Roberts

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