This chapter provides an overview of the opportunities and challenges of using statistical methods to study religious disengagement. By exploring methodological literature and theory, the chapter describes common definitions of apostasy as well as how apostasy has been operationalized in quantitative studies. Furthermore, previous empirical research is presented in order to provide examples of various descriptive and inferential statistical techniques that are used in studying this topic. The chapter concludes with overall suggestions for researchers who are interested in using this methodological approach, including practical suggestions and information about data sources.
|Title of host publication||Handbook of Leaving Religion|
|Editors||Daniel Enstedt, Göran Larsson, Teemu Mantsinen|
|Number of pages||14|
|Publication status||Published - 2019|