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Watch Interviews with the NZAVS team

The New Zealand Attitudes and Values Study (NZAVS) is a longitudinal national probability study of social attitudes, personality and health outcomes led by Professor Chris Sibley. This page contains information for study participants, as well as recent findings and media coverage from the study.  

Check out recent findings on the NZAVS Facebook page


The NZAVS has been central in answering a variety of important research questions. The best way to stay up-to-date with information on recent findings and events from the NZAVS is to follow the NZAVS Facebook page. We regularly post links to our published articles and media coverage there. links in this section provide feedback on some of the recent findings from the study for particpants in the study. Research finding and media coverage are also updated on this page, but not as often as the Facebook page. 

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NZAVS researchers talk about their research findings


Chris Sibley talks about what the NZAVS is, the goals of the study, and how it got started.
Chris Sibley talks about why he wanted to start something like the NZAVS, and his vision of the project for New Zealand.
Lara Greaves and Mike Grimshaw talk about their research assessing the rate of recovery in psychological distress among Christchurch residents following the Christchurch earthquakes. This research was published in the journal, PLOS One.
Petar Milojev talks about his research on how personality changes across the lifespan. This research was published in the Journal of Research in Personality.
Joseph Bulbulia talks about his research on why religious people tend to be higher in life satisfaction. His research suggests that how much people give to charity may be a key part of this puzzle. This research was published in the journal, Religion, Brain and Behavior.
Petar Milojev talks about his research assessing change (and the lack of change!) in the personality of Christchurch residents following the Christchurch earthquakes. This research was published in the journal, Social Psychology and Personality Science.
Samantha Stronge talks about her research on how Facebook use may be linked with changing levels of body dissatisfaction. This research was published in the journal Sex Roles
Samantha Stronge talks about her research examining the link between narcissism and self-esteem in the New Zealand population. This research was published in the Journal of Research in Personality.
Taciano Milfont talks about his research examining the link between how close people live to the coastline and their belief in climate change. This research was published in the journal, PLOS One.
Danny Osborne talks about his research looking at how feeling that one has a sense of control relates to political attitudes and the willingness to participate in collective action. This research was published Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology.
Danny Osborne talks about his research examining the links between living in a neighborhood with a high level of income inequality and lower self-esteem. This research was published in the European Journal of Social Psychology.
A video by Hannah Hawkins-Elder summarizing the results of her research on loneliness in the New Zealand population. Her research examined the different ways in which people can experience loneliness.
Samantha Stronge talks about her research on personality and Facebook use. Her research examined how people who are Extraverted experience different outcomes from Facebook use. This research was published in the New Zealand Journal of Psychology.
Emerald Muriwai talks about her research assessing the buffering or protective function of cultural efficacy for Maori. This research was published in the New Zealand Journal of Psychology.
Lara Greaves talks about her research on undecided voters, and the demographic and personality characteristics that might make some people less likely to vote relative to others. This research was published in the New Zealand Journal of Psychology.
Lara Greaves talks about how we measure sexual orientation, and our research estimating of the proportion of New Zealanders that identify with different sexual orientations. This research was published in the journal, Archives of Sexual Behaviour.
Lara Greaves talks about her research on Māori identity and the distinct ways in which identity can be expressed. This research was published in Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology.
Carol Lee talks about her research assessing New Zealander's levels of support for Euthanasia. This research was published in the New Zealand Medical Journal.
Carla Houkamau and Chris Sibley talk about their research using the NZAVS to validate a new measure of Maori identity, the Multidimensional Model of Maori Identity and Cultural Engagement.
Lara Greaves talks about her research on asexuality. This research is one of the first studies in the world to examine asexuality in a large-scale national probability sample. The research was published in the journal, Archives of Sexual Behavior.
Petar Milojev talks about his research looking at how personality changes over the lifespan. This research was published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology and shows the personality changes in specific ways over the lifespan.

Links to some of our older press releases and interviews


 

This section of the page contains some of the most interesting press releases and articles about the NZAVS from the past. We post links ot all NZAVS press releases, media coverage, scientific publications and interviews on the NZAVS Facebook page. So please check the NZAVS Facebook page for more up-to-date coverage. 

 

 

One of the first video interviews with NZAVS researchers Chris Sibley and Joseph Bulbulia. In this interview, Chris and Joe talk about their research assessing change in religious affiliation among Christchurch residents following the Christchurch earthquakes. This research was published in the journal, PLOS One back in 2011.

 

Behind the scenes: read about how the NZAVS got started

The NZAVS is featured in the the University of Auckland alumni magazine, Ingenio. Read about how the NZAVS got started, and what we hope to achieve in the future.

 

Dr Joseph Bulbulia awarded a Marsden Fund grant to extend the NZAVS in new directions

Dr 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.

 

What Happens When People Feel Deprived In A System They Believe To Be Just?

NZAVS researchers Dr. 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.