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The New Zealand Attitudes and Values Study
The New Zealand Attitudes and Values Study (NZAVS) is a 20-year longitudinal national probability study of social attitudes, personality and health outcomes. The NZAVS is led by Dr Chris Sibley, and is unique to New Zealand.
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Frequently Asked Questions
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Recent findings and information for participants
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About the study
Overview and Aims
The New Zealand Attitudes and Values Study (NZAVS) was started by Associate Prof. Chris Sibley in 2009, and follows the same group of around 12,000 New Zealanders each year. The NZAVS management team responsible for strategic planning and the day-to-day maintenance of the study includes Associate Prof. Chris Sibley, Lara Greaves, Dr Danny Osborne and Associate Prof. Joseph Bulbulia. The NZAVS also includes many other researchers from a diverse range of universities and areas of expertise who contribute to the study.
The NZAVS aims to track changes in various social psychological and health factors over a twenty year period, from 2009 to 2029. The study aims to provide information about how the personality, attitudes and values of New Zealanders may be changing over time. This is important because we currently know very little about how peoples’ opinions, values and levels of satisfaction with their lives may change gradually over time, and perhaps also change rapidly in response to current events in society. Another key aim of the study is to examine how changes in attitudes and values may relate to changes in health and wellbeing over time. Because the annual survey uses repeat respondents, it can track subtle changes in attitudes and values over time, and is becoming an important tool for researchers.
Read more about how the NZAVS got started, and what we hope to achieve in the future.
In 2009, the NZAVS sampled a total of 6,518 New Zealanders from the New Zealand electoral roll. In 2010, the NZAVS sampled 4,443 of these same people (a retention rate of 68%). In 2011, the NZAVS sampled 6,884 New Zealanders, with 3,918 people retained from Time and a booster sample of 2,965 new participants). In 2012, the NZAVS sampled a total of 12,183 New Zealanders. This included the retained longitudinal sample, and a large booster sample of people joining the NZAVS for the first time. At Time 4, the NZAVS retained 4,051 people from Time 1 (retention over three years = 62%); and 5,762 of the people from Time 3 (retention from previous year = 84%).
The NZAVS is a scientific study led by New Zealanders, for New Zealanders, and about New Zealanders. Broadly stated, the study aims to extend our understanding of how people and their life circumstances change over time. Results and publication of all NZAVS data are independent of any specific funding agency or government body.
Anonymous data from the study are available to appropriately qualified researchers for the purposes of collaborative scientific research. Research reports using anonymous data from the study may also be requested strictly for the purposes of not-for-profit social and health research in New Zealand. Here at the NZAVS we take our participants’ confidentiality very seriously. All personal details are encrypted and stored separately from questionnaire data. Only Associate Prof. Chris Sibley and trusted research assistants working on the NZAVS in secure conditions have access to participants' contact details. Participants’ contact details are used solely for the purposes of contacting them to continue their participation in the NZAVS each year and to provide them with information and feedback about research findings from the NZAVS.
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Latest NZAVS news
The NZAVS is 5 years old!
The NZAVS is now entering its 5th year. We are already a quarter of the way through our planned 20-year time-frame. A big thank you from all of us here at the NZAVS to the thousands of participants who have completed the questionnaire each year for the last 5 years! Thank you also to our newer participants who have joined the study as part of our more recent booster sample. It's exciting to think about what the next 15 years may bring for our research project, and what we might discover by looking at change in attitudes and values over this timeframe! (7 February, 2014).
NZAVS research team publish 44th paper
The NZAVS research team have just published their 44th peer-reviewed research paper. The team continue to work at a prolific rate, and are regularly making new and exciting discoveries using data from the first four years of the study. We are confident that the most exciting research findings are still to come as we collect more longitudinal data. The NZAVS began in late 2009 and continues to grow and attract interest from researchers both at home in New Zealand and from around the world. Congratulations to everyone involved, and a big thank you to all the participants who have taken part in the NZAVS so far. (7 February 2014).
The Time 5 NZAVS questionnaire will be in the mail soon
The Time 5 NZAVS questionnaire will be posted to all participants over the coming months. We are excited about this wave of the study. It follows up on some of the questions asked in previous years. It also contains some newly developed measures that will help us to understand the factors affecting psychological health and wellbeing in greater detail. Look out for your copy in the mail in the coming months! Alternatively, you can complete the quesionnaire online. (7 February 2014).
Congratulations to all NZAVS prize draw winners!
The grocery voucher prizes for participating in the NZAVS in 2013 have now been drawn (prize pool of $1000). The bonus seasonal grocery voucher prizes for 2013 have also been drawn (additional prize pool of $1000). All winners have been notified and have received their prizes. Congratulations to all the winners! It is always very exciting to make the phone call to let people know that they have won one of the prize draws. (13 January 2014).
Grant to fund research into religion and personal well-being
Drs Joseph Bulbulia, Geoff Troughton and Chris Sibley have been awarded a grant from the prestigious Templeton World Charity Foundation. This grant will sustain a long-term investigation of religion and personal well-being as part of the NZAVS. (18 December 2013)
NZAVS researchers Danny Osborne and Chris Sibley examine what predicts people supporting social movements. Their research also examined why it is that social movements tend to be quite infrequent. (3 November 2013).
Associate Prof. Joseph Bulbulia from Victoria University of Wellington has just been awarded a Marsden Fund grant to extend the NZAVS in new directions. In particular, he will add recent migrants and religious/spiritual groups to the sample and follow up on groups who have experienced the Christchurch earthquakes. Because this project will continue over the life of the NZAVS, it will show changes in the role of religion in our everyday lives and create knowledge with enduring benefits for future generations of New Zealanders. (2 November 2013).