Youth Study 1986 (Youth between 13 and 24)

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • EMNID, Bielefeld
Publication Date
  • EMNID, Bielefeld (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Family
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Youth
  • Abstract

    Situation in life, attitudes and moral orientations of young people. Topics: greatest pleasure and greatest annoyance in the last year; occupational goal; willingness to make sacrifices to achieve the goal; chances of realizing one´s own occupational plans; obstacles in selecting desired occupation; reasons for difficulties with one´s own job; most important reasons for upward social mobility; social-political interest or family orientation; attitude to government; satisfaction with various areas of life and desired changes; assumed influence on personal success in life of political and social activities in the Federal Republic as well as comparison with the GDR; achievement orientation or simple life-style; preference for intensive theoretical instruction and starting occupation in an advanced position or practical instruction with steady occupational advancement; preference for long schooling or practical experience; thinking in terms of performance or humanitarian goals; assessment of significance of good school achievements for success in life; perceived performance pressure; judgement on solidarity in the school class and contact with others of the same age outside of school; self-assessment as young person or adult; judgement on the situation of young people (scale); preferred vacation partner; amount of pocket-money; expectations of an improvement in the situation in life after conclusion of school and occupational training or fear of unemployment; satisfaction with personal situation in life or desire for steady employment and starting a family; age-group orientation or class orientation; most important area of social life to convey necessary characteristics and life experience; conditions for success for upward social mobility; judgement on personal upward social mobility compared to father and grandfather as well as social advancement or decline of the family; work orientation; satisfaction with education, work and job; assumed equal opportunities in the Federal Republic and disadvantaged groups; judgement on preparation for occupation by school; interest in attending a secondary school and reasons for non-attendance or lack of interest; assumed obstacles to acquiring a good education by gifted young people; class orientation; self-assessment of social class; judgement on the generation conflict (scale); friendships; age of friends; frequency of meeting with other young people and time of last meeting with this group; feeling of soliarity with colleagues in school or at work; probability of future party membership as well as participation in youth demonstrations; possible causes for participation in a demonstration; attitude to the social system; ideas about one´s own life in comparison to the life of one´s parents and desired changes; frequency of selected topics of conversation in one´s family and in one´s circle of friends and possible differences of opinion; reference person; judgement on father and mother in childhood; personal desire for children and concepts of education in comparison to those of parents; preference for conformity or critical faculty in young people (scale); judgement on selected moral orientations (scale); judgement on one´s own certainty of decision in political or occupational and school questions; support by parents in school and occupation as well as manner of help received; attitude to diligence and order; freedom or control in parental home; attitude to parents; judgement on intervention of parents in one´s own matters; preferred housing situation of a young working person; conversation partner with concerns and needs; achievement and moral orientations (scale); personal willingness to compromise on political opinions; satisfaction with government measures against social crises; satisfaction with the parties or interest in new parties; social origins. Demography: age; sex; marital status; marital status of parents; religious denomination; school education; school education of father; occupational position; occupational position of father; employment; income; household income; size of household; respondent is head of household; characteristics of head of household; housing situation; party preference; memberships; number of siblings; type of address, polite or familiar; current school attendance. Interviewer rating: ZIP (postal) code; date of interview; city code; identification of interviewer.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1986-01 / 1986-02
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
Sampled Universe
Young people between the ages of 13 to 24 years
Sampling Procedure Comment: Quota sample
Collection Mode
  • Oral survey with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 1060
    Number of Variables: 514
See also the youth study archived under ZA Study No. 1449.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA1569 (Type: ZA-No.)

Update Metadata: 2021-04-07 | Issue Number: 88 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22