December 8, 2011

The Difficult Transition from Military to Civilian Life

More than seven-in-ten veterans report having had an easy time readjusting to civilian life, but nearly a quarter say re-entry was difficult for them — a figure that swells to 44% among veterans who served in the ten years since Sept. 11, 2001.

November 8, 2011

For Many Injured Veterans, A Lifetime of Consequences

For many of the 2.2 million wounded American veterans, the physical and emotional consequences of their wounds have endured long after they left the military.

October 5, 2011

War and Sacrifice in the Post-9/11 Era

As the United States marks the 10th anniversary of the longest period of sustained warfare in its history, the overwhelming majority of veterans of the post-9/11 era are proud of their military service. At the same time, many report that they have had difficulties readjusting to civilian life, and have suffered from post-traumatic stress. While veterans are more supportive of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq than the general public, just one-third say that both been worth fighting.

ScienceAugust 20, 2009

Coping With End-of-Life Decisions

While most Americans approve of laws that say treatment can be stopped if that’s what a terminally ill patient desires, they are split on what they would do personally in that situation. Only 27% have put into writing their own wishes regarding end-of-life care.

August 7, 2009

Go West, Old Man

Searching for a modern fountain of youth? American’s West has the highest concentration of older adults who don’t think of themselves as old. Older Westerners also feel healthier and get more exercise than older folks elsewhere.

April 8, 2009

Smokers Can’t Blow Off Stress

While many say they light up to relieve stress, half of all smokers say they “frequently” experience stress in their daily lives, compared with just 35% of those who once smoked and have now quit, and 31% of those who never smoked.

March 18, 2009

Most Like It Hot

Given a choice, most Americans would opt for a sun-kissed climate — but not necessarily for a warm-weather city.

October 23, 2008

Republicans: Still Happy Campers

Despite the imploding stock market, the looming recession, the unpopular president and discouraging political polls, a new Social Trends survey finds GOP adherents still beat Democrats on the happiness scale.

February 22, 2007

Americans and Social Trust: Who, Where and Why

Just under half of Americans say most people can be trusted, while 50% say you can’t be too careful, a new Pew survey finds. Whites are more trusting than blacks or Hispanics. High income folks are more trusting than those with low incomes. The married are more trusting than the unmarried. The old are more trusting than the young. And rural folks are more trusting than their city cousins.

May 2, 2006

Once Again, The Future Ain’t What It Used to Be

Barely a third of today’s adults expect today’s children to grow up better off than people are now.