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Digest of Education Statistics: 2004
Digest of Education Statistics: 2004

NCES 2006-005
October 2005


Table 391. Percent of 1972 high school seniors, 1992 high school seniors, and 2002 high school sophomores who felt that certain life values were "very important," by sex: Selected years, 1972 to 2002

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                            |         Percent of 1972 seniors   |   Percent of  1992 seniors  |     Percent of 2002 sophomores
                            |___________________________________|_____________________________|
Life value                  |           |  1974 (2  |  1976 (4  |           |  1994 (2 years  |
                            |    1972   |years after|years after|    1992   |   after high    |
                            |           |high school|high school|           |    school)      |
                            |___________|___________|___________|___________|_________________|________________________________
                            |Male|Female|Male|Female|Male|Female|Male|Female|Total|Male|Female|    Total |     Male |    Female
____________________________|____|______|____|______|____|______|____|______|_____|____|______|__________|__________|__________
1                           |  2 |    3 |  4 |    5 |  6 |    7 |  8 |    9 |  10 | 11 |   12 |        13|        14|        15
____________________________|____|______|____|______|____|______|____|______|_____|____|______|__________|__________|__________
Being successful in work ...|86.5|  83.0|81.2|  74.9|80.3|  69.7|89.0|  89.6| 90.1|89.9|  90.3|86.3(0.34)|84.1(0.52)|88.5(0.44)
Finding steady work ........|82.3|  73.7|74.7|  59.9|79.3|  62.1|87.1|  88.6| 89.7|88.7|  90.7|84.3(0.36)|81.9(0.55)|86.7(0.47)
Having lots of money .......|26.0|   9.8|17.8|   9.1|17.7|   9.4|45.3|  29.4| 35.2|39.5|  30.9|42.1(0.49)|51.0(0.70)|33.3(0.65)
Being a leader in the       |    |      |    |      |    |      |    |      |     |    |      |          |          |
   community\1\ ............|14.9|   8.0| 8.5|   4.4| 9.2|   4.2|--- |  --- | --- |--- |  --- |36.2(0.47)|29.9(0.64)|42.6(0.68)
Correcting inequalities ....|22.5|  31.1|16.6|  18.2|16.2|  17.1|17.0|  23.6| --- |--- |  --- |19.3(0.39)|18.7(0.56)|20.0(0.55)
                            |    |      |    |      |    |      |    |      |     |    |      |          |          |
Having children ............|  --|  --- |--- |  --- |  --|  --- |39.0|  49.2| --- |--- |  --- |47.4(0.50)|45.1(0.70)|49.7(0.69)
Having a happy family life .|78.6|  85.7|83.1|  86.7|84.2|  86.4|--- |  --- | --- |--- |  --- |76.4(0.42)|73.4(0.63)|79.3(0.56)
Providing better opportu-   |    |      |    |      |    |      |    |      |     |    |      |          |          |
   nities for my children ..|66.6|  66.2|59.5|  61.6|59.8|  58.8|74.5|  76.5| 90.5|90.3|  90.8|80.3(0.40)|78.9(0.58)|81.6(0.53)
Living closer to parents    |    |      |    |      |    |      |    |      |     |    |      |          |          |
   or relatives ............| 6.8|   8.2| 8.3|  12.4| 7.7|  11.9|15.2|  18.7| --- |--- |  --- |29.7(0.45)|28.0(0.63)|31.3(0.64)
Moving from area ...........|14.3|  14.6| 8.3|   7.4| 6.7|   6.4|20.7|  20.1| --- |--- |  --- |21.3(0.41)|21.5(0.58)|21.1(0.56)
                            |    |      |    |      |    |      |    |      |     |    |      |          |          |
Having strong friendships ..|81.2|  78.7|76.5|  74.7|76.1|  72.1|79.8|  80.0| 87.6|88.1|  87.0|82.8(0.37)|79.3(0.58)|86.2(0.47)
Having leisure time ........|  --|  --- |60.9|  55.1|65.4|  60.1|65.3|  62.0| --- |--- |  --- |67.7(0.46)|68.4(0.66)|67.1(0.65)
____________________________|____|______|____|______|____|______|____|______|_____|____|______|__________|__________|__________

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\1\In 2002 the question was "Importance of helping others in the community."

SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, National Longitudinal Study of the High School Class of 1972, "Base Year (NLS:72)," "Second Follow-up (NLS:72/74)," and "Third Follow-up (NLS:72/76);" The National Education Longitudinal Study of 1988 (NELS:88/92) and (NELS:88/94), "Second Follow-up, Student Survey, 1992" and "Third Follow-up, 1994;" and Education Longitudinal Study of 2002, "Base Year (ELS:02)." (This table was prepared May 2005.)