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The New Zealand Attitudes and Values Study: A Focus on Religion
John H. Shaver

Last modified: 2015-10-13


This talk introduces the New Zealand Attitudes and Values Study (NZAVS) and showcases several recent findings relevant to the study of religion in New Zealand. The NZAVS is a 20-year longitudinal national probability study of social attitudes, personality and health outcomes lead by Dr. Chris Sibley (University of Auckland). The NZAVS has now been running for six years, and is currently following close to 18,000 participants across the country. Recent studies have focussed on the prevalence of belief in God(s) and spirits at the national level, different types of faith signatures and how religion impacts fertility. This talk will conclude with a discussion of the benefits and limitations of complex multilevel and longitudinal data for understanding religion in modern societies.