The findings of an in-depth, seven-month study into happiness and young people – how happy they are, what makes them happy and what they’re doing to ensure future happiness – are being released this week by Viacom’s MTV Network and The Associated Press.
Overall, the study shows that young people (13-24) today are generally happy, optimistic about the future and have goals in place to achieve a happier tomorrow.
However, happiness varies greatly along racial lines, with faith and family playing an important role in the pursuit of happiness and younger sexually active respondents reporting much lower levels of happiness.
The initial release of data offers an overview of the study’s highlights, and subsequent releases will cover specific issues, including racial dynamics, financial views, spirituality and stress/fears.
Among the initial findings released:
Parents, Family and Relationships
Religion and Spirituality
Fortune and Fame
About the study (pdf): The qualitative portion of the study was conducted by MTV and the DC-based research and consulting firm Social Technologies; it began in January of this year and included extensive field research with small discussion groups in diverse American cities around the country. The quantitative part of the study was conducted by Knowledge Networks, Inc. on behalf of MTV and the AP. 1,280 young people aged 13 to 24 years old were interviewed in late April of this year.
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