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Part 2: Outline of the Survey Results


I. Family

3. Satisfaction with family life

(1) Satisfaction with family life
Q4  [HAND R CARD 6] How satisfied are you with your family life?
(SINGLE ANSWER ONLY)
  1. Satisfied
  2. Somewhat satisfied
  3. Somewhat dissatisfied
  4. Disagree
  5. Do not know
  6. Refused

A look at Japanese youth's degree of satisfaction with family life shows that those 'Satisfied' comprise 86.8% ("Satisfied": 52.5% + "Somewhat satisfied": 34.3%).

Comparing the five countries, in all countries 'Satisfied' accounted for the majority of responses. The percentage of those giving 'Satisfied' was the highest in the U.K. (93.4%). The order that followed was France (91.1%), the U.S.A. (89.7%), Japan (86.8%), and South Korea (85.2%).

Table 1-3-1-1: Satisfaction with family life < CSV Data >
Table 1-3-1-1: Satisfaction with family life

A comparison with the previous survey on Japanese youth shows that after the fifth survey, the percentage of those giving 'Satisfied' exceeded the 80% mark.

Table 1-3-1-2: Satisfaction with family life (changes over the years) < CSV Data >
Table 1-3-1-2: Satisfaction with family life (changes over the years)

No differences were found among Japanese youth when analyzed by gender difference.

Table 1-3-1-3: Satisfaction with family life (by gender) < CSV Data >

Table 1-3-1-3: Satisfaction with family life (by gender)

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(2) Reasons for satisfaction with family life
Q5  [HAND R CARD 7] Which of the things on this card concerning your family life are you satisfied with? Choose as many answers as are appropriate.
(MULTIPLE ANSWERS POSSIBLE)
  1. Family income
  2. Parents' and/or spouse's (partner's) occupations
  3. The amount of conflict or arguments among family members
  4. The amount of love you receive from your parents and/or your spouse/partner
  5. The amount of understanding you receive from your parents and/or your spouse/partner
  6. Family members' health
  7. Getting along with my brother(s) and/ or sister(s)
  8. Your neighborhood
  9. The size of your house
  10. Communication and conversation in the family
  11. Division of household chores and childcare
  12. Not satisfied with anything
  13. Do not know
  14. Refused

A look at Japanese youth shows that the response given most about reasons for satisfaction with home life was "Family members' health, " at 71.0%. The responses that followed, in descending order, were "The amount of conflict or arguments among family members, " (49.3%), "Communication and conversation in the family, " (43.2%), "Getting along with my brother(s) and/or sister(s)" (42.8%), "The amount of love you receive from your parents and/or your spouse/partner" (40.3%), and "Your neighborhood " (38.2%).

Comparing the five countries, as was the case in Japan, in South Korea, "Family members' health" (72.7%) was given most. The responses that followed, in descending order, were "The amount of conflict or arguments among family members" (55.2%), "Getting along with my brother(s) and/or sister(s)" (38.4%), "Communication and conversation in the family" (37.7%), "The amount of love you receive from your parents and/or your spouse/partner" (35.1%), and "The amount of understanding you receive from your parents and/or your spouse/partner" (34.6%).
     In contrast, in the U.S.A., "The amount of love you receive from your parents and/or your spouse/partner, " at 71.4%, was given most. The responses that followed were, in descending order, "The amount of understanding you receive from your parents and/or your spouse/partner" (59.0%), "Getting along with my brother(s) and/or sister(s)" (52.5%), "Family members' health" (51.5%), "Your neighborhood" (49.0%), and "Communication and conversation in the family" (48.7%).
     Similarly, in the U.K., "The amount of love you receive from your parents and/or your spouse/partner, " at 60.1%, was given most. The responses that followed were, in descending order, "The amount of understanding you receive from your parents and/or your spouse/partner" (52.2%), "Family members' health" (49.6%), "Getting along with my brother(s) and/or sister(s)" (46.6%), "Communication and conversation in the family" (44.8%), "Your neighborhood" (42.8%).
     In France, similar to Japan and South Korea, "Family members' health" (62.8%) was given most. The responses that followed were, in descending order, "The amount of love you receive from your parents and/or your spouse/partner" (56.4%), "Getting along with my brother(s) and/or sister(s)" (50.9%), "The amount of understanding you receive from your parents and/or your spouse/partner" (38.2%), and "The amount of conflict or arguments among family members" (37.2%).

Table 1-3-2-1: Reasons for satisfaction with family life < CSV Data >
Table 1-3-2-1: Reasons for satisfaction with family life

A comparison with the previous survey on Japanese youth shows that the incidence of "Family members' health" increased 6 points over the previous survey (64.7% in the seventh to 71.0% in the eighth), and was more or less on par with the percentage logged in the sixth survey (71.2%). In addition, responses given by percentages higher than the previous survey were "The amount of conflict or arguments among family members" (same as above: 43.8% to 49.3%), "Communication and conversation in the family" (same as above: 36.4% to 43.2%), "Getting along with my brother(s) and/or sister(s)" (same as above: 35.1% to 42.8%), "The amount of love you receive from your parents and/or your spouse/partner" (same as above: 31.5% to 40.3%), "Your neighborhood" (same as above: 29.6% to 38.2%), and "Family income" (same as above: 21.7% to 26.7%).


Table 1-3-2-2: Reasons for satisfaction with family life (changes over the years) < CSV Data >
Table 1-3-2-2: Reasons for satisfaction with family life (changes over the years)

An analysis of Japanese youth by gender difference shows that both males and females gave "Family members' health" (males: 69.5%; females: 72.5%) most, at around the 70% mark. Among other responses, responses all given by higher percentages of females than males were "Communication and conversation in the family" (same as above: 35.5%, 50.7%), "Getting along with my brother(s) and/or sister(s)" (same as above: 38.8%, 46.6%), "The amount of love you receive from your parents and/or your spouse/partner" (same as above: 30.7%, 49.6%), "The amount of understanding you receive from your parents and/or your spouse/partner" (same as above: 28.4%, 39.1%), and "Parents' and/or spouse's (partner's) occupations" (same as above: 22.9%, 30.6%).

Table 1-3-2-3: Reasons for satisfaction with family life (by gender) < CSV Data >
Table 1-3-2-3: Reasons for satisfaction with family life (by gender)

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