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Digest of Education Statistics: 2008
Digest of Education Statistics: 2008

NCES 2009-020
March 2009


Table 397. Percentage of 1972 high school seniors, 1992 high school seniors, and 2004 high school seniors who felt that certain life values were "very important," by sex: Selected years, 1972 through 2004
Life value Percent of 1972 seniors Percent of 1992 seniors Percent of 2004 seniors
1972 1974
(2 years after high school)
1976
(4 years after high school)
1992 1994
(2 years after high 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 91.3 (0.33) 89.7 (0.49) 92.9 (0.40)
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 87.3 (0.40) 85.6 (0.55) 89.0 (0.49)
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 35.1 (0.58) 42.7 (0.80) 27.6 (0.69)
Being a leader in the community 14.9 8.0 8.5 4.4 9.2 4.2 (†) (†) (†)
Importance of helping others in the community 41.7 (0.57) 35.2 (0.77) 48.1 (0.74)
Correcting inequalities 22.5 31.1 16.6 18.2 16.2 17.1 17.0 23.6 19.7 (0.46) 18.1 (0.60) 21.2 (0.67)
                                   
Having children 39.0 49.2 49.3 (0.55) 45.4 (0.75) 53.2 (0.78)
Having a happy family life 78.6 85.7 83.1 86.7 84.2 86.4 81.0 (0.46) 80.1 (0.63) 81.9 (0.64)
Providing better opportunities 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 82.5 (0.45) 82.1 (0.64) 82.9 (0.58)
Living closer to parents or relatives 6.8 8.2 8.3 12.4 7.7 11.9 15.2 18.7 (†) (†) (†)
Moving from area 14.3 14.6 8.3 7.4 6.7 6.4 20.7 20.1 (†) (†) (†)
                                   
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 85.5 (0.41) 84.9 (0.56) 86.1 (0.57)
Having leisure time 60.9 55.1 65.4 60.1 65.3 62.0 69.0 (0.55) 70.2 (0.69) 67.8 (0.74)
— Not available.
† Not applicable.
NOTE: Standard errors appear in parentheses.
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); National Education Longitudinal Study of 1988, "Second Follow-up, Student Survey, 1992" (NELS:88/92) and "Third Follow-up, 1994" (NELS:88/94); and Education Longitudinal Study of 2002, "First Follow-up" (ELS:02/04). (This table was prepared November 2005.)