Defense Preparedness of Young People 1985

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Zentralinstitut für Jugendforschung (ZIJ), Leipzig
Publication Date
  • Zentralinstitut fuer Jugendforschung, Leipzig (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Armed Forces, Defense, Military Affairs
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Conflict, security and peace
    • Political ideology
    • Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
  • Abstract

    Attitudes to socialism, military questions and organizations, personal defense preparedness and pre-military training completed, effectiveness of the Gesellschaft fuer Sport und Technik {society for sport and technology} (GST). Supplementary survey of female members of the GST on defense preparedness of women. Topics: Goals in life such as high achievements, travels, making an effort for socialism and peace, having money, leading a pleasant life and founding a family; attitude to the victory of socialism; solidarity with the GDR; attitude to the Soviet Union and its army, the Marxist-Leninist world view; evaluation of the connection of imperialism and war or socialism and peace; constructing socialist society in the GDR; significance of the Geneva negotiations about nuclear and space weapons; membership in mass organizations, SED; possibility of preventing a war through peace forces; evaluation of aggressiveness of imperialist states (scale), evaluation of the policies of the FRG government; assessment of the character of the Federal German Armed Forces and of the readiness of soldiers of the Federal German Armed Forces to shoot; assessment of the balance of power between imperialism and socialism; willingness to defend the GDR and reasons for or against this (scale); attitude to military service; interest in books on political and military topics (scale); evaluation of individual book titles (scale); preferred genre for books about military personalities; knowledge of terms of foreign policy: peaceful co-existence, star wars; knowledge of political personalities; interest in politics; frequency of use of GDR and FRG media for political information and preferred position; frequency of reading daily newspapers for political information; participation in social activities in FDJ, MMM and innovator movement, the GST, peace events (scale); satisfaction with activity in GST (scale); functions exercised in GST; presence of relatives or acquaintances in the FRG/West Berlin; understanding for externally conspicuous young people; acceptance of a personal obligation in preparation of the XI. Party Convention of the SED; frequency of reading topic magazines (scale); attitude to general participation in GST paramilitary; personal participation in this and reasons (scale); preferred GST paramilitary activity; current function in GST paramilitary; assessment of various sides of GST paramilitary (scale); possession of GST paramilitary achievement badge; personality characteristic of paramilitary exercise leader (scale); frequency of meeting the paramilitary collective and frequency of personal participation; frequency of participation in paramilitary competitions (scale); world view; membership in social organizations and SED (scale); possession of the sports certificate of the GDR. Female respondents: evaluation of participation of women in paramilitary; support with personal problems by the paramilitary section; attitude to participation in pre-military training by every male citizen of the GDR; military service performed by partner; stand on possibility of a military occupation of partner; attitude to women in the army; evaluation of personal possible contribution to increase the defense preparedness of the native country (scale).
Temporal Coverage
  • 1985-09 / 1985-10
Geographic Coverage
  • German Democratic Republic (1949-1990) (DDDE)
    GDR: districts Berlin, Halle, Frankfurt/O., Magdeburg and Potsdam
Sampled Universe
GST members from the low-level organizations of 5 companies.
Collection Mode
  • Written survey
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 516
    Number of Variables: 164
Further studies on defense preparedness and pre-military training are archived under ZA Study Nos. 6110 (1981), 6112 (1985), 6113 (1985).
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA6111 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Netzker, W.: Bereit und fähig zur Verteidigung des Sozialismus: GST-Mitglieder. Forschungsbericht. Leipzig 1986. ZIJ: F 86/27.

Update Metadata: 2020-10-21 | Issue Number: 88 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22