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An analysis of the 1997 and 2000 versions of the NSGVP found that the proportion of volunteers in Canada dropped from 31 percent to 27 percent, with youth involvement also declining by 4 percent over the same period (Hall, McKeown and Roberts, 2001).
Data on the volunteer activities of Canadian and foreign-born youths were drawn from the 2000 NSGVP. This survey features a representative sample of 14,724 Canadians aged 15 years and over, and was selected because it includes a battery of items on different forms of volunteerism and political participation.
Index/7 (266,326) Index/7 (6,989,094) (979,266) Source: NSGVP 2000 (weighted) Table 2 Volunteerism and Formal Political Engagement (Index Scores for Immigrant Youths) Political Engagement Formal Informal Voted in Last Federal Election?
This was not based on ideological reasons but the fact they did not have enough time, which is the first and foremost reason cited why Canadians aged 15 and older do not volunteer or do not volunteer more, according to the NSGVP (Hall et al., 2001: 44).
The measure of satisfaction used in the 1997 NSGVP was a four-point scale examining satisfaction with life as a whole, based on the question, "And how satisfied are you with your life in general?" Levels of life satisfaction were categorized on a single scale according to the following four magnitudes: very satisfied, somewhat satisfied, somewhat dissatisfied and very dissatisfied.
This variable was the only health-related item available in the 1997 NSGVP survey.
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