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The New Zealand General Social Survey 2010. Philip Walker and Scott Ussher 1st December 2011. NZGSS 2010 – results and opportunities . NZGSS is a multi-dimensional survey of wellbeing…

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the new zealand general social survey 2010

The New Zealand General Social Survey 2010

Philip Walker and Scott Ussher

1st December 2011

nzgss 2010 results and opportunities
NZGSS 2010 – results and opportunities
  • NZGSS is a multi-dimensional survey of wellbeing…
  • Researchers and policy makers can access NZGSS unit record data directly though the NZGSS CURF which is released today
products using gss 2008 curf
Products using GSS 2008 CURF
  • Measuring Social Inclusion: People with experience of mental distress and addiction (Mental Health Commission, September 2011)
  • Maori Life Satisfaction Fact sheet (Te Puni Kokiri, February 2011).
  • Benefits of tertiary certificates and diplomas – exploring economic and social outcomes (Ministry of Education, May 2010)
nzgss 2010
NZGSS 2010
  • Second survey in the series (first in 2008)
  • Achieved samples of more than 8,000 individuals
  • More than 400 variables covering twelve life domains plus demographics and overall life satisfaction.
offers unique perspective
Offers unique perspective
  • includes objective and subjective measures across a wide range of social and economic outcomes
  • shows the distribution of well being outcomes across population groupings.
cross domain analysis
Cross-domain analysis
  • “Developments in one domain of quality of life affect other domains”
  • “The consequences for quality of life of having multiple disadvantages far exceed the sum of their individual effects”

Stiglitz et al

wellbeing and social connectedness
Wellbeing and social connectedness
  • Social connectedness has been identified as one of the strongest predictors of peoples’ subjective wellbeing
  • Includes:
    • being partnered
    • contact with family and friends
    • volunteering
the association between social isolation and health
The association between social isolation and health
  • Research questions
    • Is there an association between isolation and physical and mental health?
    • Do these associations remain after adjusting for covariate factors?
    • What other factors have an adjusted association with isolation?
other findings
Other findings
  • Other people more likely to feel socially isolated are:
    • Females
    • People living alone
    • People living in economic hardship
    • Asian and Māori
    • Unemployed
multivariate analysis
Multivariate analysis
  • Findings from an initial multivariate analysis
    • Association with mental health significant
    • Association with physical health is not
    • Other significant factors
      • Economic standard of living
      • Age
      • Living alone
      • Asian
how to apply for a curf
How to apply for a CURF
  • Applications for a CURF can be made through Statistics NZ website
  • www.stats.govt.nz (search micro data)
  • Or you can talk to us after the seminar!
curf costs
CURF costs
  • For universities in the CONZUL agreement the CURF is free.
  • For everyone else the costs are:
  • Assessment and Approval admin fee........$405
  • User set-up fee.......................................$30
  • Project support charge.............................$7.50 per month for the duration of the project.