Monday, October 31, 2011

Ethnicity and nihilism

I calculated mean nihilism scores by ethnic group. (The question is about agreement that life serves no purpose, sample size = 3,051):

Mean nihilism score

Mexicans 1.93*
Filipino 1.80
Polish 1.78*
Puerto Rican 1.74
Czech 1.73
French Canadians 1.69
American Indian 1.68
Blacks 1.59
Swiss 1.58
Danish 1.57
Hungarian 1.55

Average 1.55

French 1.51
Italians 1.51
Asian Indian 1.50
Spanish 1.50
Germans 1.50
Chinese 1.50
Scottish 1.48
Jewish 1.48
Dutch 1.47
English/Welsh 1.47
Irish 1.48
Yugoslavs 1.40
Norwegian 1.40
Swedish 1.36**
Russian 1.35
Greek 1.33**
 
* significantly above average
** significantly below average
 
Data analyses on this blog have revealed again and again that Mexican Americans are in many ways a distinctive group. The gap between them and Greek Americans is large--three-quarters of a standard deviation. One reason why farm workers are nihilistic (as we saw in the previous post) is because they are disproportionately Mexican.

7 comments:

jnaciona said...

could be the same reason why health aid workers are nihlistic: filipino's are heavy in that field.

Anonymous said...

Or mexicans are highly nihilistic because they're farmworkers...

Steve Nicoloso said...

Seems like nihilism would negatively correlate with baby making...

And yet...

NicholasHoltman said...

"Seems like nihilism would negatively correlate with baby making..."

You're forgetting the other factors: irresponsibility and preference for short-term gratification.

SFG said...

"One reason why farm workers are nihilistic (as we saw in the previous post) is because they are disproportionately Mexican."

Have you proved this statement? I think you can condition on both ethnicity and farm-workerness and calculate mean nihilism scores for both...

Makes sense given what you've stated, but...can we see?

Theodora said...

I hope this isn't just proof of the Greeks' degree of deception/self-deception!

Phil said...

Mexicans 1.93*
Filipino 1.80
Polish 1.78*
Puerto Rican 1.74
Czech 1.73
French Canadians 1.69

The top 6 groups are all traditionally Catholic. That must mean something, but I'm not sure what exactly.