Vicars and Young Pastors (Panel 1974-1977)

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Przybylski, Hartmut (Lehrstuhl für Christliche Gesellschaftslehre, Ruhr-Universität Bochum)
Publication Date
  • Lehrstuhl fuer Christliche Gesellschaftslehre, Ruhr-Universitaet Bochum (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Religion and "Weltanschauung"
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Employment
    • Post-compulsory education
    • Religion and values
    • Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
  • Abstract

    Attitude of theologians to theology, Christianity and church. Judgement on their training and detailed information on their occupation as pastor. Topics: First wave: The survey content is identical to the content of ZA Study No. 1514 with exception of the part of the survey only for former theologians. Second wave: 1. Theology and study of theology: university situation and judgement on the study of theology; relationship to theology; changes in attitude to theology and to the study of theology in the parsonage; judgement on relevance to reality and practice; motive for the selection of the study of theology; associations with the term theology (semantic differential); most important supplemental subjects for theology students; theological subjects within the training that could be reduced; personal influence from a theological direction or school; knowledge about personal attitude to theology among selected groups of persons; established protestant church in state in which vicar training took place and judgement on this training. 2. Church: personal view of church and concepts of an ideal church; experiences with the church and relationship to the church; actual and desired role of the church in society; the role delegated to the church by society; associations with the term church (semantic differential); management activities in trans-parish committees and church work; characterization of the relationship to immediate superiors; knowledge about personal attitude to church among selected groups of persons; changes in attitude to church in the parsonage. 3. Politics and society: influence of student movement on theology and church; social-political attitudes; active participation in student politics; party preference; assessment of personal political position by oneself and others; party membership; characterization of the Federal Republic; familiarity of one´s own party membership in parish; perceived party preference of selected persons and party preference desired of respondent by them; most important political and social problems in the Federal Republic; personal contribution to solution of these problems; knowledge about personal political attitudes and activities of selected groups of persons; changes in attitude to politics as well as in political activities during time in parsonage. 4. Christianity: concepts of the Christian and Christianity; perceived significance of Christianity in practical life; the way one sees oneself as Christian; knowledge about personal attitude to Christianity in selected groups of persons; changes in attitude to Christianity and in personal devoutness during time in parsonage. 5. Parsonage and community: judgement on one´s own occupational competence and training; preferred and non-preferred fields of work; judgement on the social prestige of pastors; personal view of pastor and criticism of the occupation of pastor; judgement on the bonus payments of the church; perceived job stress and effects on personal life; judgement on the identifiablity of the duties of a pastor; judgement on the possibilities of personality development in the parsonage; type of parsonage; official service designation; personal selection of current parish; knowledge about parish from vicar training; living in the area of the parish; size of church parish; situation of the parish; proportion of occupational groups in the parish; religious groups in the parish; leadership of these groups; representation of these groups in parish committees; church attendance of these groups; main honorary workers from these groups; adequate presence, rejection of tasks and independence of the main honorary workers; relationship to the main honorary workers; participation of these workers in meetings of church committees; number of permanent members of the presbyterium or the church parish council; representation of a certain theological and political direction by these committees; composition of these committees according to age, sex and occupational groups; characterization of the way these committees see themselves and judgement on personal relationship to these committees; institutions present in the parish; responsibility for taking care of administrative work; presence of honorary workers in sufficient number and judgement on personal relationship to these workers; perceived changes in attitude to theology, study of theology, personal devoutness, Christianity, politics, political activities, the occupation as pastor and the parsonage; significance of honorary helpers and main honorary workers for parish work; relationship regarding the parish and experiences with parish work; perceived hinderances for the occupation as pastor; associations with the term parish (semantic differential); ordination and choice of pastor; events and institutions with the character of a national church; opportunity to occupy oneself with problems of the national church public corresponding to one´s own concepts; majority party or governing coalition in the community; most important municipal political problems and personal effort to solve these problems; characterization of relationships with selected institutions and organizations in the community; group of persons with strongest criticism of the decision to go to the parsonage; transfer to the parsonage immediately after the second theological examination; number of pastor positions up to now and interest in a change; second study and type of major; termination of the occupation of theologian with an occupational alternative; interest in change to a special or function parsonage; satisfaction with current pastor position; knowledge about personal attitude to the parsonage among selected groups of persons; personally hiring or firing employees; time expended for selected activities; manner of processing personal occupational experiences; group of persons with strongest demand on one´s own work; comparisons by parish with predecessor; desired main job focus; changes in the parish intended and already completed; feeling of control over private life-style; changes in one´s circle of friends due to transfer from curacy to parsonage; active participation of partner in parish; main difficulties of parish pastor; number of pastors in church parish; composition of circle of colleagues according to age and sex; personal friendship with colleagues in church parish; areas of cooperation with colleagues; influence of colleagues on one´s own work; frequency of discussions with colleagues and participation of non-theological workers in these meetings; representation of a certain theological and political direction in the circle of colleagues; discussion of occupational experiences and problems with the colleagues; composition of the circle of friends; main focus of occupational commitment among colleagues; characterization of relationship with colleagues. 6. Social data: year of birth; number of siblings; social origins; manner of child-raising in parental home; praying together with parents in childhood; personal contacts of family with a pastor during one´s childhood; church or theological occupation of a relative; type of school at high school graduation; reading religious or theological writings in parental home; participation in vacation stays or church youth camps; group leader in a church youth group; attending church events as schoolchild; comparison of personal devoutness as well as active participation in church life with that of parents at time of decision for the study of theology; other subjects during studies; judgement on participation in church life and on one´s own devoutness in comparison to that of partner; point in time of marriage; occupation and current occupational activity of partner; time of birth of first child; current active memberships; time of second government examination; city in which currently active; cities of college attendance; housing situation and size of place of residence. Also encoded was: ZIP (postal) code.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1974-08 / 1977-12
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
    FRG incl. West Berlin
Sampled Universe
Vicars in the service of the protestant church
Sampling Procedure Comment: Random selection
Collection Mode
  • Mail survey
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 79
This study deals with a panel survey. The first survey wave took place between August 1974 and January 1975 in the framework of a survey of former theologians (see ZA Study No. 1514). The survey of the second wave took place from October to December 1977. The data set contains the data of the respondents who took part in both surveys. In the first wave (basis for the follow-up survey) 262 vicars were interviewed.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA1515 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Przybylski, Hartmut: Von der Studentenbewegung ins Gemeindepfarramt. Frankfurt a. M.: Lang 1985. (Europäische Hochschulschriften, Reihe 22, Soziologie, Bd. 100)

Update Metadata: 2021-04-07 | Issue Number: 87 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22