Political Climate and Social Conditions in the GDR 1988/89

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:
    • Employment
    • Leisure, tourism and sport
    • Social change
    • Drug abuse, alcohol and smoking
    • Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
    • Government, political systems and organisation
    • Youth
  • Abstract

    Future expectations, goals in life and contentment with life, scientific-technical progress as well as work, housing and leisure conditions. Topics: Moral orientations and goals in life (scale); personal and social future expectations into the year 2000 (scale); world view; solidarity with GDR and SU; willingness to defend the GDR; experiences regarding recognition of achievement, extent to which informed, improvement in housing and living conditions, responsibility of the individual; FDJ as representative of interests; participation in FDJ events, MMM and innovator movement; significance of work in life; expectations regarding personal effects of the scientific-technical revolution (scale); attitude to generation problems (scale); frequency of smoking and use of nicotine; frequency of visit to leisure events and facilities such as movies, youth clubs, dance, libraries, sporting events; frequency of receiving television and radio media of the GDR and the FRG; current and future structuring of vacation; military service performed in the NVA and form of military service; current and future highest occupational qualification; highest occupational qualification of father, mother and partner; satisfaction with housing conditions; part time or full time employment; monthly net income of respondent and partner; participation in the Mathematics Olympics; membership in parties and organizations; Supplemental form A: average leisure time on work days; frequency and forms of athletic activity; frequency of visit to theater, movies, museums, concerts, art exhibitions; membership in various leisure groups (scale); preferred leisure activities in the cultural, social and occupational area; weekly alcohol use; Supplemental form B: frequency of political discussions with groups of persons in personal and social area (scale); confidence regarding one's own development for the next 10 years (scale); expected generation experiences regarding elimination of the danger of war, elimination of hunger, elimination of nuclear weapons in Europe; solidarity with FDJ, SED, GDR, FRG; feeling of being informed about restructuring in the SU through media of the GDR or FRG; sympathy for policies of Gorbachev; satisfaction in work, leisure, partnership, living conditions; paths to successful further development of the GDR; assessment of the collective; extent to which informed about personal plan duties and status of plan fulfillment of the collective; attitude to occupational further education and migration; occupational employment with microelectronics and computer technology and frequency of certain activities (scale); membership in youth brigade or youth researcher collective; Supplemental form C: size of place of residence in childhood; necessary commuting time between place of work and place of residence; intended change of place of residence; satisfaction with housing conditions regarding shopping conditions, leisure time, traffic conditions, local recreation, child care, condition and size of residential building; preferred city size for housing and work; possession of durable consumer goods (scale); preferred group of persons with personal concerns (scale); characteristic of the domestic atmosphere (scale); opinion agreement in personal and social life questions between parents and children.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1988 / 1989
    End of 1988 to Start of 1989
Geographic Coverage
  • German Democratic Republic (1949-1990) (DDDE)
Sampled Universe
Representative, multi-stage sample of ministerial areas and companies.
Collection Mode
  • Written survey
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 3564
    Number of Variables: 274
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA6008 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Autorenkollektiv: Jugend mit dem Blick auf das Jahr 2000. Ausgewählte Ergebnisse zum kulturellen und Medienverhalten. Forschungsbericht. Leipzig 1989. ZIJ: F 89/35.
  • Ulrich, G.: Lehrlinge heute. Zu Einstellungen und Verhaltensweisen von Lehrlingen in der DDR Ende der achtziger Jahre: Forschungsbericht. Leipzig 1989. ZIJ: F 89/37.
  • Müller, H.: Jugend mit dem Blick auf das Jahr 2000. Über Wertorientierungen und Lebensprinzipien der Jugend: Forschungsbericht. Leipzig 1989. ZIJ: F 89/39.

Update Metadata: 2020-10-21 | Issue Number: 87 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22