Young People in Serbia 2015: Situation, Perceptions, Beliefs and Aspirations

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Tomanović, Smiljka (Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade)
  • Stanojević, Dragan (Faculty of Philosophy, University of Belgrade)
  • Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES)
Publication Date
  • SeConS Development Initiative Group, Belgrade (Data Collector)
  • GESIS (Distributor)
  • GESIS (Hosting Institution)
  • ZA:
    • Political Issues
    • Political Attitudes and Behavior
    • Occupation, Profession
    • Society, Culture
    • Group
    • Family
    • Education, School Systems
    • Religion and "Weltanschauung"
    • Leisure
    • Person, Personality, Role
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Labour and employment
    • Education
    • Leisure, tourism and sport
    • Religion and values
    • Social conditions and indicators
    • Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
    • Family life and marriage
    • Youth
    • Psychology
Free Keywords
Schema: TheSoz
value-orientation; family; migration; political attitude; joining the European Union; religiousness; gainful occupation; course of education; Serbia
  • Abstract

    Material status and living conditions, education, work and employment, family and leisure, trust, attitudes and beliefs, future aspirations as well as politics and EU-accession of Serbia. I. Face-to-face interview: Topics: 1. Leisure time and lifestyle: main leisure time activities; internet access; number of hours a day the respondent spends watching TV (genres) and on the internet; purposes for internet use; fashionable and old-fashioned personal values; average money for personal needs. 2. Values and beliefs: rust in social groups from young people’s milieu; attitude towards different groups in the neighborhood; ever felt discriminated and factors for discrimination; ranking of the most important values; most important reason for voluntary activities; religious beliefs and practices: religious denomination; acceptance of religious beliefs (there is a God, God created the world, believe in the existence of heaven and hell, and in God as a source of moral prescriptions and duties); frequency of participation in religious practices. 3. Family transitions: housing situation; number of rooms in the household; form of ownership; reasons for living with the parents; relationship with the parents; persons with most influence on young people’s decisions; advantages of marriage; advantages of unmarried relationship; most appropriate age for creating a family; desired number of children; ranking of factors for the choice of a marriage partner; part of a group of friends; satisfaction with friends. 4. Migration intentions: intentions for internal migration and emigration; activities for emigration; expected personal situation in ten years. 5. Education: educational aspirations; most important factor for obtaining the desired education; everyday life at school / university: motivation for attending school / university; academic efforts and achievements; corruption in the educational system: grades and exams are being bought at the own school / university. 6. Employment: preference for private or public sector employment; most important factor for finding a suitable job and succeeding in employment today; employed in the profession the respondent was educated for; working hours per week; average monthly income. 7. Democracy and politics: frequency of political discussions with parents; interest in world politics, EU politics, politics in the Balkans, and Serbian politics; correspondence between political views of the respondent and his parents; party preference; electoral participation since becoming eligible to vote; satisfaction with democracy; opinion about the influence of one’s vote upon parliament and the government; trust in Serbian and EU institutions; importance and ranking of different political issues. 8. European integration: attitude towards Serbia’s EU membership; Serbia has benefited or lost from EU membership; areas where Serbia has benefited from EU accession. 9. Optimism and fears: assessment of personal and family life-prospects at present; expected future in ten years; vision of Serbia’s short-term future; disturbing / alarming problems for Serbian society; Serbia’s EU membership poses threats to different levels. Demography: sex, age, year and month of birth; satisfaction (personal relationships, family life, occupation); household size, highest educational level of respondent and parents; marital status; number of children; the most appropriate age to get the first child; material status; family’s cultural capital: number of books in the household; financial situation of the household; housing situation; number of rooms; own room; employment situation; sources of income. Additionally coded was: questionnaire-ID; date (month and year) and time of interview; duration of interview; settlement. II: Self-administered questionnaire: Topics: alcohol and marijuana use; acceptance of marijuana use and alcohol use; satisfaction with own appearance; sexual experience; use of form of birth control; opinion on sexual abstinence; tolerance towards non-traditional forms of sexuality; tolerance towards abortion; involvement in some form of physical (violent) conflict in the last 12 months.
Temporal Coverage
  • 2015-04-10 / 2015-06-30
Geographic Coverage
  • Serbia (RS)
Sampled Universe
The target group were young people aged 15-29 years.
Probability: Multistage; Sampling Procedure Comment: Probability Sample: Multistage Sample The basic statistical regions - Belgrade, Sumadija and Western Serbia, vojvodina and Southern and Eastern Serbia - represented the basic strata (NUTS 2 level). In the first stage of selection, a total of 40 municipalities that had an equal probability of selection, were chosen randomly, except for the municipalities whose population exceeded 100,000 inhabitants, who had a secure representation in the sample with a proportionate representation of the population. Regarding the selected regions, 11 municipalities in Belgrade, 10 in vojvodina, 10 in Sumadija and Western Serbia, and 9 in the Southern and Eastern Serbia were selected for the sample. In the second phase of selection, within each municipality a number of local communities in urban and rural areas were randomly selected. The total number of local communities in which the survey was conducted was 160, of which 91 were urban and 69 rural. In the third level of selection, within each local community two streets in urban areas and one street in rural areas were randomly selected. In the fourth level of the selection, the selection was systematic, with a random start of chosen households. Interviewers were instructed that in certain streets, starting from a certain number, they had to choose every fifth household in which to conduct the interviews if there was at least one person that fitted the target group. At the last stage of selection, within the households the respondents were elected if they were aged 15-29. If in the same household there was more than one person who suited the target population, the interview was conducted with only one person with the selection criterion being the date of birth (the interview was conducted with the person whose birthday was next).
Time Dimension
  • Cross-section
Collection Mode
  • Face-to-face interview: PAPI
  • Self-administered questionnaire: Paper
  • The sample size was 1.186 respondents, of which 751 were from urban areas and 435 from rural areas. The margin of error for estimating the proportion with 95\% reliability (for binary variables) was 3\%. The study involved 39 interviewers, and after completion of the research a verification of the field by telephone was conducted on a sub-sample the size of 10\% (120 questionnaires).
Data and File Information
  • Number of Variables: 338
The labels in the data sets are in Serbian language.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA6798 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • 1 (Type: VerbundFDB)
  • Tomanović, Smiljka; Stanojević, Dragan: Young people in Serbia 2015 : Situation, perceptions, beliefs and aspirations. Belgrade: Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES), SeConS Development Initiative Group, 2015

Update Metadata: 2021-04-07 | Issue Number: 21 | Registration Date: 2017-05-10