The New Zealand Attitudes and Values Study

My name is Dr. Chris Sibley, and I am the lead researcher for the New Zealand Attitudes and Values Study.

This is an online version of the full questionnaire for the New Zealand Attitudes and Values Study for 2015. This questionnaire is identical to the paper copy sent in the post. You only need to complete the 2015 questionnaire once. If you have recently completed the paper copy then there is no need to also complete the online version.

As you might remember from last year, the aim of the New Zealand Attitudes and Values Study is to understand how and why the health, wellbeing, personality, attitudes and values of New Zealanders may be changing over time. This study is now in its sixth year and we aim to follow people for another 15 years. Following people over time 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, or change rapidly in response to current events in society. The study is conducted solely for the purposes of scientific research, and aims to also provide impartial feedback on social issues facing New Zealand as a whole, as well as for specific communities.

The study is now getting really exciting as this will be the sixth year since we started following people from all across New Zealand to look at the factors affecting their lives, and how they change (or do not) over time. A lot has happened in New Zealand over the last six years, and researchers all over the world are now starting to recognize our study as a world-leading longitudinal research project in psychology.

One of the key challenges of this type of research is keeping people interested and involved in the project from year to year. By participating you will be contributing to an ongoing national research project that spans all of New Zealand. As a token of appreciation, everyone who completes the questionnaire will be entered into a grocery voucher prize draw ($1000 total). The first prize is $500 of grocery vouchers. The second prize is $300 of grocery vouchers. The third prize is $200 of grocery vouchers. Prizes will be drawn in June 2015.
Please answer the questionnaire even if you think that your opinions are the same as last year. This is very important, as we will not know which of your opinions have changed and which remain the same unless you also answer the questions this year too. Please note that your responses to this questionnaire will still provide extremely valuable information even if you might not be available to participate in the following years. Your responses are vital for keeping the project going, even if you have moved overseas. Most people can complete the questionnaire in about 45 minutes. Some of the questions are of a sensitive nature and you are free to leave blank any questions that you do not feel comfortable answering.

We work hard to keep everyone who participates involved in the study. We regularly update our website with our latest research findings. You can also read a detailed FAQ about the study and more about what’s involved on our website. Findings from the study are also regularly covered in the news, and we send out a yearly pamphlet prepared for all the participants in the study which provides information on our latest findings.

We take our participants’ confidentiality very seriously. It is necessary to record your name and contact details so that we can contact you to take part in the study in the future and match your responses from this year to those you provided in the past. We will never give out your name or contact details. Only Dr. Chris Sibley and trusted research assistants working in a secure room in the School of Psychology will examine your questionnaire responses and contact details. Your contact details will be stored in an encrypted database and kept separate from all your other responses. Your questionnaire responses will be converted to numbers in an encrypted data file, and these data will be stored indefinitely for research purposes but will at no time be stored with your name or contact details. Your questionnaire data is therefore anonymised, and Dr. Chris Sibley and other members of the NZAVS research team will have access to an electronic encrypted copy of your anonymous questionnaire data. This anonymous data file may also be shared with other competent professionals on a case-by-case basis for research purposes.

The New Zealand Attitudes and Values Study is funded by various not-for-profit research granting agencies and internal university funding from year-to-year. The study is currently supported by grants from the Templeton World Charity Foundation and a Marsden Fund grant.

Do you have any other questions? For questions regarding this project, please contact Dr. Chris Sibley (details below) or the Head of the School of Psychology, Prof. William Hayward, The University of Auckland, Private Bag 92019, Auckland. Phone 09-373-7599, extn. 88557. For ethical concerns contact: The Chair, The University of Auckland Human Participants Ethics Committee, The University of Auckland, Private Bag 92019, Auckland. Phone 09-373-7599, extn. 87830.

Dr. Chris Sibley
School of Psychology
University of Auckland
Phone: 09 373 7599, extn 87498
E-mail: nzavs@auckland.ac.nz
Website: http://www.psych.auckland.ac.nz/uoa/nzavs
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