B3932 - Examining the latent structure of ALSPAC RSBB variables - 14/02/2022

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Principal applicant name: 
Isaac Halstead | Bristol Medical School (Oxfordshire)
Jean Golding, Carol Joinson, Jon Heron
Title of project: 
Examining the latent structure of ALSPAC RSBB variables
Proposal summary: 

There are a variety of ways to measure religious beliefs. However, there is evidence that some commonly used measures of religiosity function poorly for atheist and spiritual individuals. In the ALSPAC there are a several measures of religiosity based upon pre-existing scales, such as the Duke University Religion Index (DUREL) and the Brief Multidimensional Measure of Religiousness/Spirituality (BMMRS). The aim of the current study is to examine the latent structure of the items taken from these scales, for use in ALSPAC, and to explore whether these items are measurement invariant across religious, atheist and spiritual individuals. This will provide an insight into the way religiosity is measured in ALSPAC and inform future scale construction using these items.

Impact of research: 
By understanding the latent structure of the RSBB variables, we will be able to better estimate relationships between RSBB and a variety of outcomes. It will also validate their use in future papers.
Date proposal received: 
Thursday, 3 February, 2022
Date proposal approved: 
Monday, 14 February, 2022