# How to use a Non-Linear Ordinal Variable as (In)dependent Variable?

I am using the World Values Survey and the answers to my independent variable are as follows:

Daily Weekly Monthly Never

Always Usually Never

As you can see, the categories of the ordinal variable are not equally spaced. Would it be any possible to use this variable in my regression analysis?

For the independent variable, things are a little murkier. Some people treat it as categorical, some as continuous (e.g. by coded them with numbers). One general approach is optimal scaling. I don't know if this is available in Stata.