[Hac-announce] Fwd: Atheist Research Collaborative: New International Study, "How and Why People Become Atheists"

Richard Siddall richard.siddall at elirion.net
Thu Oct 5 12:38:07 EDT 2017

This is another opportunity to participate in a research study.  This is 
not the same study as the invitation I forwarded last week.


-------- Forwarded Message --------
Subject: Atheist Research Collaborative: New International Study, "How 
and Why People Become Atheists"
Date: Mon, 25 Sep 2017 21:36:22 -0600
From: Joseph Langston <langston1029 at gmail.com>

Dear Secular, Freethought, Atheist, and Humanist Group Leaders,

Researchers from the Atheist Research Collaborative
<http://atheistresearch.org/?page_id=31> are carrying out a new survey
study on *how and why people become atheists.* This study seeks to examine
contributions from variables such as family dynamics, religious
socialization during adolescence, quality of parent-child relationships,
and peer influences on religion.  This study has been approved by the
Review Board at Teachers College, Columbia University


A person is eligible to participate in this study if they meet three

(1.)  They must be a *former believer* (i.e. not always an atheist)
(2.) They must be at least 18 years of age
(3.) They must speak English fluently enough to understand and complete the

*Survey Description*

The survey is a maximum of 76 questions, and a minimum of 64 questions;
depending on a person’s answers, some questions may or may not appear.  On
average, the survey should take 20 to 30 minutes to complete, although
individuals may find that it takes them more or less time than this, again
depending on their answers.

We have included a link to our Qualtrics survey so that you can evaluate it
for yourself, in order to determine if you would like to send it to your


We are seeking a nonrandom sample with a minimum size of *4,000 
and the study is open to an international audience who meets our English
language requirement.  Because of this, we ask you to consider sending it
to others who are eligible and might be interested.

Please feel free to reply with any questions you may have about the study.


Joseph Langston <https://independentresearcher.academia.edu/JosephLangston>
, BS, BA, MA
Independent Scholar
Atheist Research Collaborative

Melanie Brewster <http://www.tc.columbia.edu/faculty/meb2222/>, PhD
Associate Professor
Columbia University

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