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Attitude to Use of Drugs among Young People (1982)

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Bundeszentrale für gesundheitliche Aufklärung (BZgA), Köln
  • Institut für Jugendforschung, München
Publication Date
  • Institut fuer Jugendforschung, Muenchen (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Family
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Drug abuse, alcohol and smoking
    • Youth
  • Abstract

    Attitude to intoxicants and personal use of drugs among young people. Topics: 1. Oral interview (interview data): preferred leisure activity; preferred place for the leisure activity; judgement on education or employment demands; self-assessment of condition of health; name and frequency of sleeping pills, pain-killers, stimulants, tranquilizers, vitamins and intoxicants already used; assessment of general development of use of intoxicants among young people; relationship with father and mother; inter-generation conflicts; type of coping with one´s own problems; reference persons; feeling oneself not understood; detailed information on type and extent of beverage consumption; frequency of alcohol excesses; exact information on use of alcohol on the last workday and last weekend; partner and place of use of alcohol; age at first as well as at regular use of cigarettes; reason for not smoking; type and extent of current use of cigarettes; reasons for smoking; degree of familiarity with selected intoxicants; willingness to try selected intoxicants; willingness to use heroin and hashish; attitudes to use of intoxicants (scale); contacts with users of intoxicants and personal use of intoxicants; (with non-users: reasons for non-use and inclination to use); personal motives for use of intoxicants; current use of intoxicants; motives for discontinuing use of intoxicants; characterization of one´s own social conditions; satisfaction with current situation in life and general attitudes (scale); fear of the future (scale); party preference; nationality. Also encoded was: weekday of interview. 2. Written survey (filled out after conclusion of the oral survey and sent to the institute by mail; so-called ´feeling data´): in the form of 11 detailed descriptions situations are described to which the respondent was to note for each whether he can imagine himself in this situation, has already personally felt it once, and what thoughts he has developed regarding it. The individual situations: spending spree, dance; music euphoria; alternative living; boredom; security in one´s family; thoughtfulness; achievement pressure; guilty conscience; goal in life; opportunism. Demography: age; sex; marital status; religious denomination; school education; occupational position; employment; income; household income; household size; household composition; respondent is head of household; characteristics of head of household; housing situation; party preference. Interviewer rating: weekday of interview.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1982-03 / 1982-05
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
    FRG incl. West Berlin
Sampled Universe
Persons between the ages of 12 to 25 years
Sampling Procedure Comment: Multi-stage stratified random sample
Collection Mode
  • Oral and written survey with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 1799
    Number of Variables: 444
The current data set consists of two parts of the survey, one designated as ´interview data´ and the other as ´feeling data´. For 740 respondents both parts of the survey are available and integrated into a data set. For 1053 respondents only interview data are available, for 158 respondents only the feeling data. With 6 respondents the assignment is doubtful. Interview data are available for 1799 respondents, the feeling data for altogether 904 persons. See also the other studies of the Institut fuer Jugendforschung on the use of intoxicants among young people archived under ZA Study Nos. 1070 (1973), 1071 (1976), 1072 (1979) as well as 1603 (1986).
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA1257 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • BZgA (Type: FDZ)
  • BZgA (Type: FDZ)

Update Metadata: 2020-10-20 | Issue Number: 242 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22

Bundeszentrale für gesundheitliche Aufklärung (BZgA), Köln; Institut für Jugendforschung, München (1983): Einstellung zum Drogengebrauch bei Jugendlichen (1982). Version: 1.0.0. GESIS Datenarchiv. Dataset.