Consciousness Development and Social Activity of Young People 1970

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Zentralinstitut für Jugendforschung (ZIJ), Leipzig
Publication Date
  • Zentralinstitut fuer Jugendforschung, Leipzig (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Political Attitudes and Behavior
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Post-compulsory education
    • Social change
    • Political ideology
    • Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
    • Government, political systems and organisation
    • Youth
  • Abstract

    Knowledge and attitudes to social development in the GDR, future concepts until the year 2000, social activities. Topics: Interest in and expectations of development until the year 2000 (scale); extent to which informed about the development of the GDR until the year 2000 and sources of information such as school and organizations, family and friends, media, politics, science, classics; pride in GDR citizenship; reasons for citizens of the GDR to be proud of cultural traditions, education system, power of the working class, standard of living, democracy, modern economy; readiness for membership in the SED; assessment of the possibility of a military attack on the GDR by the FRG; certainty of the world-wide victory of socialism; attitude to and frequency of use of western media; self-assessment as young revolutionary; significance of various tasks in the work of an FDJ functionary (scale); solidarity with the GDR; expressions of opinion on the leading role of the intelligentsia in society in the course of scientific-technical development, pre-military instruction of young people, the historic mission of the working class and its leading role, the role of the SED in building socialism, the solidarity of the socialist community of nations, the rapproachment of capitalism and socialism; opinion on Beat; trust in the SED and reasons for this (scale); factors positively influencing the relationship to the SED (scale); evaluation of the Soviet Union as the best friend of the German people and reasons for this (scale); probability of occurrence of events during the lifetime of the respondent generation: victory of socialism in the GDR, in West Germany and in the world standard, contact with extraterrestrials, banning the danger of war, economic unity of the socialist states, elimination of hunger, automated GDR production, industrial-scale GDR agriculture; attitude to the basic question of philosophy; world view; participation in the "Zirkel Junger Sozialisten" {circle of young socialists}; study of the works of Marx, Engels and Lenin (scale); activities with the FDJ group; attitude to the FDJ (scale); tasks and significance of the FDJ members meeting (scale); knowledge about political mottos and terms (scale); extent to which informed about higher education policy, development backlogs in field of specialization, tasks of the future intelligentsia; attitude to social demands in studies; self-assessment of study achievements; significance of study of Marxism-Leninism for studies, occupational activity, political position and scientific philosophy of life, for character development; membership in FDJ, GST, DSF, in youth brigades, in leadership organs; exercise of a function; attendance of a political school; honorary service performed in the NVA; supplemental form: valuations on the treaty between the USSR and the FRG and its consequences for peace and reduction of tension; evaluation of the election victory of the "Unidad Popular" in Chile; assessment of the military balance of power between capitalism and socialism; discussion topic of the last FDJ members meeting.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1970
Geographic Coverage
  • German Democratic Republic (1949-1990) (DDDE)
Sampled Universe
Sample of apprentices, young workers and students.
Sampling Procedure Comment:
Collection Mode
  • Written survey
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 9287
    Number of Variables: 190
Comparable studies "Consciousness Development and Social Origins of Young 1969", ZA Study No. 6006 and "Consciousness Stand of Young Working People and Their Social Development Conditions 1978", ZA Study No. 6079.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA6007 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Peters, W.; Räder, H.; Schwartz, R.; Steffen, K.-D.: Zu Lebensbedingungen und Lebensbeziehungen junger Arbeiter, die unterschiedlich zur DDR eingestellt sind: Typenstudie aus der "Umfrage'70" des ZIJ. Studie. Leipzig 1972. Pädagogisches Institut: F 72/17.

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