Youth and Authority

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Lederer, Gerda (Columbia University, New York)
Publication Date
  • G. Lederer, Columbia University, New York (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Family
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Social behaviour and attitudes
    • Political ideology
    • Youth
  • Abstract

    Attitude of young people to various aspects of social authority. Topics: scales and individual questions on general authoritarianism, authoritarianism and non-specific authoriy; respect for government authority and parental authority; rejection of foreigners; authoritarian family structure; attitude to school; relationship of teachers and schoolchildren; attitude to copying class work; personal creativity in learning; attitude to communism, violent conflicts in democracies and politicians; attitude to National Socialism; self-classification on a left-right continuum. Demography: name of school; class; age; sex; religious denomination; nationality of parents.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1978 / 1980
    USA 1978 FRG 1979 Austria 1980
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
  • Austria (AT)
  • United States (US)
Sampled Universe
USA: schoolchildren FRG: schoolchildren and trainees between the ages of 14 to 19 years Austria: sample of schoolchildren and trainees between the ages of 15 to 18 years in the 10th to 12th school years.
Sampling Procedure Comment: USA: sample of schoolchildren from various schools, primarily in the 10th and 11th school year covering all social classes as well as residents of large citys and suburbs. FRG: schoolchildren and trainees between the ages of 14 to 19 years from all social classes, city, suburb and country. Austria: sample of schoolchildren and trainees in several schools between the ages of 15 to 18 years in the 10th to 12th school years.
Collection Mode
  • Written survey under supervision
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 1856
    Number of Variables: 193
The survey in the USA was conducted in the spring of 1978, in the Federal Republic in 1979 and in Austria in 1980. The Institut fuer Konfliktforschung in Vienna was of help in data collection in Austria.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA1610 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Lederer, Gerda: Jugend und Autorität: Über den Einstellungswandel zum Autoritarismus in der BRD und den USA. Opladen: Westdeutscher Verlag, 1983.
  • Lederer, Gerda: Trends in Authoritarianism: An Attitudinal Study of Adolescents in Two Cultures. New York: Columbia University, Doctoral Dissertation, 1981.
  • Lederer, Gerda: Autoritarismus-Einstellungen bei westdeutschen und amerikanischen Jugendlichen. In: Wasmund, Klaus (Hrsg.): Jugendliche: Neue Bewußtseinsformen und politische Verhaltensweisen. Stuttgart: Klett, 1982.
  • Lederer, Gerda: Trends in Authoritarianism: A Study of Adolescents in West Germany and the United States since 1945. In: Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 13, 1982, S. 299-314.
  • Lederer, Gerda: Young Austrians and the Election of Kurt Waldheim. In: Political Psychology, Vol. 9, No. 4, 1988, S. 633-647.

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