So, my intention in this course is to see if there are any statistical correlations between religious beliefs and promiscuity in adolescents, in this instance school-goers from grades 7 through 12 (older than 15). My initial data relationship building exercises have already revealed some interesting tidbits.
My code as follows (I have left commenting in for now for reference purposes, I may or may not be using the values in comments in the future):
1. There are a lot of religions. The code book listed 27 plus the leftovers. The phrase “More than one way to skin a cat” comes to mind. Already I am thinking of grouping similar religions - Christian, Middle Eastern, Asian…
2. The majority of respondents feel religion is important to them (codes 1 and 2).
3. I will assume until I can find confirmation of the codes (H1NR6 being missing from the code book) that the percentage of adolescents not partaking / not having partaken in sexual activity is about the same as those who feel religion is important. My assumption being that the code values represent actual numbers, until the 100+ counts (please let it be so) whereupon the code values represent other responses.
Total number of sexual partners
My secondary questions will be:
Which religions have the lowest incidence of sexual behaviour?
What are the characteristics by grade, i.e. as the children get older?
Does gender play a role?
I will be refining my results and hypotheses in the following posts.