Wednesday, December 28, 2005

"Personal misery" up since early 1990s

Just released this week, in time for the New Year ... "Troubles in America: A Study of Negative Life Events Across Times and Sub-groups," from the respected folks at the U. of Chicago's National Opinion Research Center. According to a news release, "the number of people reporting at least one significant negative life event increased to 92 percent from 88 percent in 1991, the last time the survey was done." Tops on the list for many? Health care. There is a wealth of data by age and other status, including "retiree," but be warned, some of the charts use precise statistical terms, which can be daunting to some of us.

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