Youth Indicators 1996 / Indicator 55


Indicator 55. Values


Percent of 1972, 1982, and 1992 high school seniors who felt that certain life values were "very important," by sex: 1974 to 1994

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                            |1972 seniors|1982 seniors| Percent of  1992 seniors
                            |in 1974     |in 1984     |-------------------------------
           Values           |(2 years    |(2 years    |            |  1994 (2 years
                            | after high | after high |    1992    |   after high
                            |   school)  |   school)  |            |    school)
                            |------------|------------|------------|------------------
                            |Male |Female|Male |Female|Male |Female|Total|Male |Female
----------------------------|-----|------|-----|------|-----|------|-----|-----|------

Being successful in work ... 81.2   74.9  88.7   84.2  89.0   89.6  90.1  89.9   90.3
Finding steady work ........ 74.7   59.9  87.4   83.3  87.1   88.6  89.7  88.7   90.7
Having lots of money ....... 17.8    9.1  35.8   20.9  45.3   29.4  35.2  39.5   30.9
Being a leader in the
  community ................  8.5    4.4  13.7    6.4   ---    ---   ---   ---    ---
Correcting inequalities .... 16.6   18.2  13.3   13.9  17.0   23.6   ---   ---    ---

Having children ............  ---    ---  42.7   56.3  39.0   49.2   ---   ---    ---
Having a happy family life . 83.1   86.7  86.1   90.2   ---    ---   ---   ---    ---
Providing better opportu-
  nities for my children ... 59.5   61.6  72.1   69.9  74.5   76.5  90.5  90.3   90.8
Living closer to parents
   or relatives ............  8.3   12.4  15.6   20.1  15.2   18.7   ---   ---    ---
Moving from area ...........  8.3    7.4  10.5    9.1  20.7   20.1   ---   ---    ---

Having strong friendships .. 76.5   74.7  80.1   79.7  79.8   80.0  87.6  88.1   87.0
Having leisure time ........ 60.9   55.1  74.5   72.0  65.3   62.0   ---   ---    ---
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

-Question not asked.

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, "National Longitudinal Study" First Followup study, "High School and Beyond" Second Followup survey, and "National Education Longitudinal Study," Second and Third Followup surveys.

Indicator chart and text.


[Indicator 54. Religion]Previous Table of Contents Next[Indicator 56. Job Satisfaction]