Youth survey shows values count
Young people are making a return to old-fashioned values.
A survey done by Youthtown shows New Zealand’s youngsters admire skill, determination and achievement above wealth and fame.
Youthtown commissioned Point Research to perform an online survey of 800 New Zealand teens, asking 55 questions about their lives, relationships and futures.
The Voice of New Zealand survey aimed to reveal more about how young people really feel about themselves, what they think and what matters most to them.
Results show the qualities youth admire in their role models are skill, success, intelligence, personality, perseverance, and values and beliefs.
The most respected heroes and icons are Mother Teresa, Martin Luther King, Sir Edmund Hillary, Mahatma Ghandi and Nelson Mandela.
Researcher Alex Woodley says the country’s youth hold strong values and aren’t simply aspiring to be rich and famous.
‘‘It’s not Kim Kardashian or Paris Hilton they admire but those who have really put a lot of effort into success,’’ she says.
‘‘They want to contribute to a better world and the role models they are looking up to are different from the role models we are expecting them to look up to.
‘‘The values they hold strongly are really positive values.’’
Musicians were rated more highly than sportspeople as something young people want to aspire to.