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Attitude to Use of Drugs Among Young People 1986-1989

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

    Use of intoxicants by young people and attitude to drugs. Topics: contentment with life; judgement on one´s own occupational or school burdens (scale); judgement on personal condition of health; profile of characteristics of a person of equal age who lives healthfully; attitude to one´s own body and health (scale); greatest threat to health; satisfaction with personal leisure situation; type and frequency of leisure activities conducted; person to confide in; feeling of being excluded and friendships (scale); influence of reference group; self-assessment of attractiveness to the other sex; frequency of consumption of selected beverages; type and extent of use of alcohol in the last few working days and on the last few weekends; use of alcohol alone or in company of others as well as place of use of alcohol; reason for use of alcohol; judgement on various effects of use of alcohol (scale); frequency of alcohol intoxication; time of last alcohol intoxication; age at first smoking or at begining regular smoking; number of cigarettes smoked daily; self-assessment as heavy smoker, occasional smoker or non-smoker; times of not smoking; difficulties in breaking the habit; difficulty of not smoking in selected situations; reasons for not smoking; possible reasons for smoking in the view of a non-smoker as well as in the view of a smoker; reasons for not smoking in the view of a smoker; preferred tobacco product and brand of cigarettes; attitude to jeopardy to health from smoking; attitude of friends to quitting or to begining smoking; expected smoking behavior in five years; knowledge about selected drugs; attitude to trying selected drugs; use of intoxicants in one´s circle of friends; number of friends who regularly use drugs or are drunk; attitude to legalization or to prohibition of intoxicants; personal use of intoxicants and time since last consumption; time of last use of intoxicants; probability of future use of intoxicants; most important reasons for the non-use of intoxicants; frequency and type of intoxicants tried; place of the first use of intoxicants and persons present; reasons for the first use of intoxicants; type and frequency of use of intoxicants in the last 30 days; reasons for the termination of use of intoxicants; assumed reasons for use of intoxicants in the view of a non-user. Importance of selected goals in life (scale); importance of a steady partner, of the significance of recognition by parents and of the achievement of personal interests; importance of money and social mobility; perceived boredom in daily life; career orientation; fear of loneliness; desire for children and a happy family life; fear of nuclear power plants and of increasing environmental pollution; attitude to technical progress; pessimistic expectation for one´s own economic future; expected personal unemployment in the future; faith in the achievement of one´s own occupational goals; unjust treatment by one´s own family; perceived independence from drugs; stress burden; perceived acceptance in social surroundings; comparison of standard of living of youth today with the standard of living of the young generation to which one´s parents belonged; personal success; frequency of selected health complaints; use of medication; personal source of income and type of income; party preference; housing situation; type und extent of employment of parents; nationality. Additionally encoded were: city size; social type; weekday of interview; time of interview; sex of interviewer and age of interviewer.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1986 / 1990
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
    FRG incl. West Berlin
Sampled Universe
Young people between the ages of 12 and 25 years.
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: 4847
    Number of Variables: 513
The data set contains the data of two surveys. The first survey took place in 1986, had 1809 respondents and is archived under ZA Study No. 1603, the second survey was conducted in 1989 and had 3027 respondents (ZA Study No. 1878). In both investigations as far as possible the same questions were posed. The ZA Study Nos. 1070, 1071, 1072 and 1257 also contain investigations on the use of drugs by young people.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA1968 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • BZgA (Type: FDZ)
  • BZgA (Type: FDZ)

Update Metadata: 2020-10-21 | Issue Number: 89 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22

Bundeszentrale für gesundheitliche Aufklärung (BZgA), Köln; Institut für Jugendforschung, München (1991): Einstellung zum Drogengebrauch bei Jugendlichen 1986-1989. Version: 1.0.0. GESIS Datenarchiv. Dataset.