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Effectiveness of Forms of Mass Political Education 1983

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
    • Political ideology
    • Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
    • Government, political systems and organisation
  • Abstract

    Goals in life, interest in politics and extent to which informed, participation in social activities, political attitudes. Topics: Goals in life (scale); frequency of FDJ events and personal participation in them; attending political further education events (scale); knowledge of the "Communist Manifesto"; frequency of participation in technical further education, cultural and athletic activities, honorary functions; number of visits to youth clubs; participation in plan discussion 1983; work in a youth brigade; self-assessment of work performance; full or part-time employment; daily use of work time; member of SED; membership in mass organizations (scale); FDJ function practiced; reasons for or against membership in FDJ (scale); personal task in the FDJ peace contingent; conversations and accounting on the task; participation in FDJ member meetings on specific topics; possession of the "badge for good knowledge" and pride in this; intended acquisition of the badge; frequency of political conversations with other groups of persons (scale); reasons for acquisition of political and philosophical knowledge (scale); knowledge about terms from political economics and ability to discuss this (scale); knowledge about the plan goals (scale); evaluation of achievability of the plan goals and personal share; number of events of the circle "young socialists" attended; reasons for this (scale); possession of documents and materials of the party (scale); necessity of private study in preparation for the circle; effort expended to prepare (scale); evaluation of reading material (scale); active participation in the circle; evaluation of commitment and of manner of presentation by circle leader (scale); content structuring and effects of the circle (scale); evaluation of the external framework of the circle (scale); expectations of a good circle (scale); reasons for non-participation in the circle (scale); interest in political and humanity problems (scale); attitude to the world-wide victory of socialism; evaluation of the peace-preserving character of communism; evaluation of prerequisites for building socialism in the GDR; use of the scientific-technical revolution in socialism; attitude to socialism; evaluation of the connection between imperialism and the danger of war; solidarity with the GDR; knowledge about the disarmament proposal of the Warsaw Pact; school achievements (scale); work in shift work; time needed for the route to work; use of public transportation.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1982 / 1983
    Autumn 1982 to Spring 1983
Geographic Coverage
  • German Democratic Republic (1949-1990) (DDDE)
    GDR: districts Berlin, Cottbus, Dresden, Erfurt, Frankfurt, Halle, Leipzig, Rostock and Schwerin
Sampled Universe
Participants and non-participants in the FDJ circle on the economic strategy of the SED. Young working people from the FDJ Initiative Berlin, from the areas of machine and vehicle construction, chemical industry, trade and supply, public health system, energy and fuel industry (66 companies).
Sampling Procedure Comment:
Collection Mode
  • Written survey
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 2052
    Number of Variables: 278
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA6081 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Ulbrich, K.: Auswertung einer offenen Frage zu Problemen aus allen Lebensbereichen. Teilbericht. Leipzig 1983. ZIJ: F 83/44.
  • Zur Führung der massenpolitischen Arbeit durch die Freie Deutsche Jugend. Forschungsbericht. Leipzig 1983. ZIJ: F 83/62.
  • Förster, P.: Studie zur Führung der massenpolitischen Arbeit durch die FDJ. Schnellinformation. Leipzig 1983. ZIJ: F 83/67.

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

Zentralinstitut für Jugendforschung (ZIJ), Leipzig (1983): Wirksamkeit massenpolitischer Bildungsformen 1983. Version: 1.0.0. GESIS Datenarchiv. Dataset.