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German Schoolchildren in the Summer 1990 (German-German Schoolchildren Survey 1990)

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Hoffmann-Lange, Ursula (Deutsches Jugendinstitut (DJI), München)
  • Zentralinstitut für Jugendforschung (ZIJ), Leipzig
Publication Date
  • Deutsches Jugendinstitut (DJI), Muenchen (Data Collector)
  • Zentralinstitut fuer Jugendforschung, Leipzig (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Family
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Cultural and national identity
    • Political ideology
    • Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
    • Government, political systems and organisation
    • Youth
  • Abstract

    Moral orientations, goals in life, information habits, understanding of democracy, trust in institutions, national identity and nationalism. Attitude to unification of Germany. Topics: General contentment with life; optimistic or pessimistic future prospects regarding school or occupational progress, development of the country, dealing with environmental problems, maintenance of peace as well as personal development in the area partnership and friendships; satisfaction with the political system; desirable goals in the area personality, social contacts, professional career, work, leisure time and family; belief in God; anomy scale; sex role orientation, achievement orientation and statements on society (scale); postmaterialism scale; understanding of democracy; assessment of realization of democracy in the old and new states (scale); trust in public institutions; evaluation of groups, youth groups and movements; fear of the future, measures on selected social events or characteristics; national consciousness and national pride (scale); evaluation of young people of the other part of Germany as Germans or citizens of the GDR or FRG; local ties or identification with the Federal Republic, with Germany or with Europe; general attitude to unification of Germany and evaluation of the unification process; expected effect of unification on personal life; interest in history, relative to German history in the sections after 1900; perceived amazement regarding selected politicians and personalities of German history; attitude to National Socialism (scale); most important areas of personal interest; sources of information about political events of the day; frequency of political discussions with parents, other adults, school friends and representatives of youth groups or associations; sources of information used regarding political events in the other part of Germany; self-assessment of degree of information about living conditions of young people in the other part of the country; attitude to politics and dissatisfaction with politics (scale); self-classification on a left-right continuum; classification of one´s own family regarding income or assets as well as regarding standing in society on a top-bottom scale; participation in activities in the municipality; membership in a political youth organization as well as interest in party membership; social origins.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1990-06 / 1990-07
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
Sampled Universe
Sampling Procedure Comment: Random sample in schools (in the old states junior high schools, secondary schools and high schools; in the GDR POS) of nineth-year students in three large cities each (Munich, Cologne, West Berlin and Leipzig, Magdeburg, East Berlin)
Collection Mode
  • Written survey in the class association
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 2280
    Number of Variables: 175
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA2123 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Deutsches Jugendinstitut (DJI) (Hrsg.): Unter Mitarbeit von Basic, Natasa; Eilders, Christiane; Gille, Martina; Hoffmann-Lange, Ursula; Krüger, Winfried; Schubarth, Wilfried; Six, Ulrike: Schüler an der Schwelle zur Deutschen Einheit: Politische und persönliche Orientierungen in Ost und West. Opladen: Leske+Budrich, 1992.
  • Dennhardt, Rudolf; Dippelhofer-Stiem, Barbara; Eilders, Christiane; Gille, Martina; Hoffmann-Lange, Ursula; Krüger, Winfried; Lange, Günter; Schubarth, Wilfried; Six, Ulrike: Deutsche Schüler im Sommer 1990: Skeptische Demokraten auf dem Weg in ein vereintes Deutschland. Deutsch-deutsche Schülerbefragung 1990. München: DJI-Arbeitspapier 3-019, Oktober 1990.

Update Metadata: 2020-10-21 | Issue Number: 86 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22

Hoffmann-Lange, Ursula; Zentralinstitut für Jugendforschung (ZIJ), Leipzig (1992): Deutsche Schüler im Sommer 1990 (Deutsch-deutsche Schülerbefragung 1990). Version: 1.0.0. GESIS Datenarchiv. Dataset.