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The Situation in Life of Country Youth in the Federal Republic of Germany (Country Youth Investigation 1980)

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Planck, Ulrich (Institut für Agrarsoziologie, Landwirtschaftliche Beratung und Angewandte Psychologie, Universität Hohenheim)
Publication Date
  • Institut fuer Agrarsoziologie, Landwirtschaftliche Beratung und Angewandte Psychologie, Universitaet Hohenheim (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Family
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Youth
  • Abstract

    The situation in life of young people in rural municipalities. The education and job situation, employment ideas as well as political attitudes and personal moral orientations of young people. Topics: regional and social origins, preference for closeness to a city; having a public office; conducting agriculture as a second occupation by the parents; number of siblings; marital status of siblings; if married: occupation of spouse and length of marriage; inclination to marry a farmer; housing conditions as well as type and number of members of the household; household furnishings; possession of drivers license; consumer goods as well as possession of house and property; having a yard; size of agricultural company; arrangement of passing the farm on and attitude to the arrangement made; farm inheritance; interest in marrying in; selling or leasing the farm; ´right´ number of children; attitude to illegitimate children; local well-being; information on time budget during various seasons, in the form of average times of getting up, sleep times and quitting time; information on activities and stays as well as interaction partners during the last three evenings; preferred leisure partner; number of days of vacation in 1979 and stays outside place of residence; travel days; trip distances; stays abroad; knowledge of a foreign language; main focus of interests and leisure time budget; frequency of use of newspapers and magazines as well as reading habits; types of sport conducted; circle of friends and meeting with friends; belonging to a club; number of memberships; satisfaction with leisure offerings; religiousness; attitude to various doctrines and prayer; attitude to church weddings; assumed attitude of people to a long-term relationship without marriage; political interest; party preference (Sunday question); readiness for involvement in the municipality; understanding of democracy and political commitment; perceived dangers for the country from selected social groupings; judgement on government measures for country youth and agriculture; attitudes to subsidies for agriculture; position of agriculture in the country; attitude to agriculture as a second occupation, environmental protection, over-construction, raising animals for slaughter, pest control, raising chickens and the achievement principle; personal knowledge about environmental pollution; openness to innovation; decision behavior; parental treatment like a child; detailed information on school and occupational path of education; education aspiration; attitude to adult further education (scale); personal employment desire fulfilled; course of employment decision and employment counseling; satisfaction with choice of occupation; change of occupation and reasons for change of occupation; (for employed women: reasons for the secondary occupation); description of company in primary occupation; work satisfaction and criticism of occupation; time worked each week; shift work; job security and unemployment; length of job attempts and help from the employment office; use of various means of transport on the way to work and commuting time; attitude to employment of women and mothers (scale); employment expectations and fulfillment of these expectations; general judgement on personal situation in life; most important criteria for occupational advancement; judgement on prospects for the future; psychological self-characterization; most important sources of livelihood; receipt of pocket-money; judgement on pay; available income and information on type of expenditures; type of building and type of city. Demography: age; sex; marital status; religious denomination; state. Interviewer rating: presence of other persons; intervention of others in interview; interest in interview. Also encoded were: size of municipality in 1953, city size in 1979, population development 1950-1970; type of municipality in 1970; employment structure and support structure. Indices: devoutness; understanding of democracy; agrarideology; attitude to environment; understanding of ecology; rationality; attitude to further education; problem in life; level of education; attitude to employment of women.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1980-01 / 1980-02
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
    FRG (without Saarland)
Sampled Universe
Persons born in 1951 to 1962 and residing in municipalities with less than 5000 residents.
Sampling Procedure Comment: Multi-stage stratified random sample
Collection Mode
  • Oral survey with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 1313
    Number of Variables: 301
Comparable investigations at earlier points in time are archived under ZA Study Nos. 0477 and 0478.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA1353 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Planck, Ulrich: Situation der Landjugend: ländliche Jugend unter besonderer Berücksichtigung des landwirtschaftlichen Nachwuchses. Münster-Hiltrup: Landwirtschaftsverlag, 1982 (Schriftenreihe des Bundesministers für Ernährung, Landwirtschaft und Forsten, Reihe A: Angewandte Wissenschaft, Heft 260).
  • Planck, Ulrich: Landjugendliche werden Erwachsene: Nachjugendphase im ländlichen Westdeutschland im Generationenvergleich 1955 und 1980. Institut für Agrarsoziologie, Landwirtschaftliche Beratung und Angewandte Psychologie der Universität Hohenheim: Forschungsbericht 1983.

Update Metadata: 2020-10-20 | Issue Number: 91 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22

Planck, Ulrich (1984): Die Lebenslage der Landjugend in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland (Landjugend-Untersuchung 1980). Version: 1.0.0. GESIS Datenarchiv. Dataset.