Participation in religious activities of person

Status: This standard was approved as a departmental standard on April 18, 2011.

Definition

Participation in religious activities refers to participation in religious services or individual forms of worship during the reference period. It does not include attending events such as weddings and funerals.

Person refers to an individual and is the unit of analysis for most social statistics programmes.

Conformity to relevant internationally recognized standards

In the Conference of European Statisticians Recommendations for the 2010 Censuses of Population and Housing, religious attendance is identified as a possible topic on which census data could be collected. However, there are no internationally recognized standard definitions or classifications related to this topic.

Classifications

Relation to previous version

  • Participation in religious activities of person April 18, 2011 to current

    This standard expands the previous standard for Frequency of attendance at religious services or meetings to include engaging in religious or spiritual activities on one's own, including prayer, meditation and other forms of worship. The classification, Type of participation in religious activities, allows data to be produced for the more limited variable contained in the previous standard. The categories of the classification, Frequency of participation in religious activities, have been changed to reflect current practice.

  • Frequency of attendance at religious services or meetings July 15, 1998 to April 17, 2011
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