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On the Function of Literature in Personality Development of Young People 1981 (Popular Science)

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Zentralinstitut für Jugendforschung (ZIJ), Leipzig
Publication Date
  • Zentralinstitut fuer Jugendforschung, Leipzig (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Society, Culture
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Cultural activities and participation
    • Mass media
    • Youth
  • Abstract

    Leisure contents, attitude to reading and reading habits, preferred literature, valuations on the publisher "Neues Leben". Topics: Extent of leisure time; leisure activities such as sport, further education, diskotheque, movies, circle of friends, political information, theater, literature; proportion of reading in leisure time; preferred literature genre of partner; recommendations on reading from other persons and media; desire for more time for reading; time available for reading yesterday; reading belletristic literature with concurrent use of secondary media such as radio, television or recorder, tape, record; number of books of different literature genres read in the last quarter (scale); reading technical literature; frequency of reading various journals and magazines (scale); interest in books from various literary areas (scale); knowledge of books of popular sociological book series (scale); valuation of popular sociological books (scale); number of books in one's family; personal possession of books of different literature genres (scale); regularity of checking books out of public libraries and genre of books checked out; frequency of trips to book shops and number of books purchased in the last month; preferred place to purchase books; expectations of book illustrations with popular scientific books (scale); expectations of popular scientific literature on social problems (scale); number of books read from the series "nl-konkret" and understandability of the books; evaluation of individual books of the series (scale); desired topics in popular scientific paper-back book series (scale); interest in various books on results of youth research (scale); interest in popular scientific books on historical events or personalities and preferred content presentation; preferred manner of presentation (esthetic, popular scientific) on historical events and personalities (scale); questions on current economic development; answering questions on the economy by electronic or print media and information and courses (scale); evaluation of presentatin of current problems in various art forms (scale); membership in social organizations; occupation of respondent and partner; occupation of father or mother; shift work; evaluation of conditions at work or in training (scale); Supplemental form "Armeerundschau": reasons for reading this magazine, such as e.g. interest in national defense, NVA (scale); evaluation of individual issues and articles of the Armeerundschau (scale); evaluation of graphic structuring of the magazine (scale); stand on personal contribution to national defense.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1981
    Autumn 1981
Geographic Coverage
  • German Democratic Republic (1949-1990) (DDDE)
    DDR: districts Halle, Leipzig, Neubrandenburg, Potsdam, Schwerin, Berlin
Sampled Universe
Sample of schoolchildren of the 9th to 12th grades, apprentices (industry and agriculture), skilled workers, students (colleges and technical colleges), members of the intelligentsia.
Collection Mode
  • Written survey
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 1493
    Number of Variables: 201
A comparable study on belletristic literature is archived under ZA Study No. 6037.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA6038 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Lindner, B.; Wiedemann, D.: Jugend und Literatur: Hauptbericht zur Untersuchung "Buch ´81". Leipzig 1983. ZIJ: F 83/41.
  • Lindner, B.; Stiehler, H.-J.; Tinschert, U.: Zum Verhältnis Jugendlicher zur populärwissenschaftlichen Literatur. Kurzbericht. Leipzig 1982. ZIJ: F 82/23.
  • Stiehler, H.-J.: Einige ausgewählte Fragen des Lesens der "Armeerundschau": Schnellinformation zur Studie "Buch'81". Leipzig 1982. ZIJ: F 82/59.

Update Metadata: 2020-10-21 | Issue Number: 90 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22

Zentralinstitut für Jugendforschung (ZIJ), Leipzig (1981): Zur Funktion von Literatur in der Persönlichkeitsentwicklung Jugendlicher 1981 (Populärwissenschaft). Version: 1.0.0. GESIS Datenarchiv. Dataset.