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Reply to King and Hunt

Citation

Morgan, S. Philip (1984). Reply to King and Hunt. Social Forces, 62(4), 1089-90.

Abstract

King and Hunt's major concerns are methodological and hinge on the validity of my measures-these measures do not mean what I say they mean, they claim. Although impossible to prove, validity can be addressed. The strategy I have taken hinges on predictive validity. I analyzed the association between frequency of prayer and other variables and find that these associations are what one might expect given that prayer measures a "devotional or intrinsic" religious orientation. Some of these results are discussed in my paper (684-5). Moreover, church attendance and frequency of prayer are clearly dissimilar measures. As I report, the central findings of my paper "are not weakened by a statistical control on the respondent's frequency of church attendance" (687). There are then, it seems, "churchgoers and churchgoers" (Allport, 451). Only those with a deep religious belief are more likely to give the more friendly or cooperative responses.

URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.2307/2578568

Reference Type

Journal Article

Journal Title

Social Forces

Author(s)

Morgan, S. Philip

Year Published

1984

Volume Number

62

Issue Number

4

Pages

1089-90

Reference ID

5630