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The New Zealand Attitudes and Values Study: An Overview

Professor Chris Sibley
School of Psychology, University of Auckland

Chris Sibley is a Professor in the School of Psychology at the University of Auckland. Chris grew up in Lower Hutt, and completed his PhD at Victoria University of Wellington in 2005. Chris has published more than 250 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, is the editor of both the Cambridge Handbook of the Psychology of Prejudice and the Cambridge Handbook of Political Psychology, and the lead investigator for the New Zealand Attitudes and Values Study. He teaches in research methods and social psychology.


In this talk, I will present an overview of the New Zealand Attitudes and Values Study (NZAVS), talk about how it got started, how we manage the study on a day-to-day basis, and some recent (and I think, exciting) research coming out of the study. The NZAVS is a 20-year longitudinal national study of social attitudes, personality and health outcomes of more than 60,000 New Zealanders. Broadly stated, the study aims to extend our understanding of how people and their life circumstances change over time. 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.

Date Tuesday, 3 September 2019
Time 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Audience Public
Event Category Sciences
Event Type Seminar
LocationWilliam James Seminar Room 103, William James Building, 275 Leith Walk, Otago Campus
Contact NameJoanna Ling
Contact Phone+64 3 479 7631

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