FSD2002 Jyväskylä Longitudinal Study of Personality and Social Development (JYLS): Life Situation Questionnaire of 42-Year-Olds 2001shortcuts: data collection | citation | publications
Pulkkinen, Lea (n. Pitkänen, Lea) (University of Jyväskylä. Department of Psychology)
Kinnunen, Ulla (University of Jyväskylä. Department of Psychology)
Kokko, Katja (University of Jyväskylä. Department of Psychology)
17 students and postgraduate students participated in the data collection.
The data are part of the Jyväskylä Longitudinal Study of Personality and Social Development (JYLS), in which the same individuals have been followed over 30 years. At this research stage, the lives of 42-year-olds were surveyed in terms of family, work, health, and leisure. In addition, this research stage includes an interview, self-ratings based on various tests and methods, personality tests, a life history calendar, and a thorough medical examination. In order to enable comparisons, the questions in the life situation questionnaire of 42-year-olds are mostly the same as in those of 27 and 36-year-olds, which the respondents completed at earlier research stages.
First, the respondents were asked questions on their education, work, sick leaves, and time allocated to housework. Further questions pertained to the respondents' parents, couple relationship, spouse's work, number of children, household composition, housing, and finances.
In relation to leisure, the respondents indicated how often they spent time with their children. Further questions covered reading books, watching television, participating in voluntary organisations, going to movies, doing handicraft, and physical exercising. They were also asked to prioritise various things (e.g. family, friends, work or studies, hobbies, home) in order of importance. Satisfaction with leisure time activities and friendships were canvassed. Views on the use of mobile phones, computers, and email were also probed. Some questions pertained to the respondents' use of alcohol, smoking, health, and social support received.
The importance of various things including art, technology, religion, and social work was examined. The respondents' self-image and satisfaction with themselves were also surveyed, as well as their personal development goals and personality traits. In addition, they were asked whether they had obtained their goals in life, whether they generally looked at various things trustingly, whether they had a strong will, and whether they felt desperate. Views on important issues and threats in the future were also queried.
Background variable used: the respondent's gender.
adults; education; families; future; health; labour and employment; leisure time; life styles; living conditions; partnerships (personal); personal identity; technology; unemployment; values
developmental psychology; education; educational psychology; psychology; social psychology (FSD Topics Classification)
drug abuse, alcohol and smoking; employment; family life and marriage (including household composition and generations); information society (including Internet use); leisure, tourism and sport; psychology; religion and values (CESSDA Topics Classification)
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November 2000 - 2001
This survey is part of the longitudinal study which began in 1968, when the respondents were second-graders (ca. 8 years old) in primary schools in Jyväskylä. The sample consisted of twelve school classes randomly selected from three primary schools. Six of the classes were from the city centre school, and the other six from two suburb schools. There were altogether 369 pupils in the classes.
This wave of data collection began with a letter to the research subjects in November 2000 inviting them to participate in a psychological interview, medical examination, and laboratory tests. The letter also included a Life Situation Questionnaire (LSQ3) and consent forms. The research subjects were asked to return the signed consent forms and the completed Life Situation Questionnaire by post.
Altogether 279 research subjects returned the Life Situation Questionnaire. No systematic reason was found for non-participation. The sample was representative of Finns born in 1959, which is the year when most research subjects were born. Representativeness assessment was based on the data provided by the Statistics Finland. The sample was representative in terms of marital status, household composition, number of children, and employment situation. As regards the education level, the men represented their age group well, but the education level of the women was slightly higher than that of their age group generally.
Data: SPSS portable file. Data available also in other file formats.
See downloadable files at the top of the page
Codebook: pdf file in Finnish
Questionnaire: pdf file in Finnish and English
Table on the methods used (in Finnish)
FSD2034 Jyväskylä Longitudinal Study of Personality and Social Development (JYLS): Interviews of 42-Year-Olds 2001
FSD2108 Jyväskylä Longitudinal Study of Personality and Social Development (JYLS): Personality Tests of 42-Year-Olds 2001
FSD2109 Jyväskylä Longitudinal Study of Personality and Social Development (JYLS): Self-Ratings of 42-Year-Olds 2001
FSD2124 Jyväskylä Longitudinal Study of Personality and Social Development (JYLS): Life History Calendars of 42-Year-Olds 2001
FSD2201 Jyväskylä Longitudinal Study of Personality and Social Development (JYLS): Medical Examinations of 42-Year-Olds 2001
Data Appraisal and Notes
At this stage, the deceased and those who had refused to participate were no longer part of the sampling frame.
The source must be acknowledged in any publication based wholly or in part on the data. The bibliographic citation may be in the form required by the publication, or in the form suggested by the archive.
Pulkkinen, Lea & Kinnunen, Ulla & Kokko, Katja: Jyväskylä Longitudinal Study of Personality and Social Development (JYLS): Life Situation Questionnaire of 42-Year-Olds 2001 [computer file]. FSD2002, version 1.0 (2004-08-31). Tampere: Finnish Social Science Data Archive [distributor], 2004.
The archive must be informed of all publications where the data have been used.
Please note: access to the data is possible only by the permission of the depositors Lea Pulkkinen or Katja Kokko. Access decisions are made on a case-to-case basis. The depositors continue to actively use the data.
The depositor and the archive bear no responsibility for any results or interpretations arising from the secondary use of the data.
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