FSD2025 Jyväskylä Longitudinal Study of Personality and Social Development (JYLS): Life Situation Questionnaire of 27-Year-Olds 1986shortcuts: data collection | citation | publications
Pulkkinen, Lea (n. Pitkänen, Lea) (University of Jyväskylä. Department of Psychology)
Psychology students from the University of Jyväskylä participated in 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 life situation of 27-year-olds was charted regarding topics such as family, education, work, leisure, values, and changes in life. The research stage also includes theme interviews and two personality tests.
First, the respondents' family relations were canvassed. They were asked about their marital status, number of previous partners, household size, number of children, and satisfaction with the current state of their closest relationships. There were also questions on housing, education, choice of career, working hours, and the parents' occupation.
In relation to leisure, the respondents indicated how often they went to discos or theatres. Further questions covered reading books, listening to music, watching television, and physical exercise. Some questions pertained to the respondents' use of alcohol and smoking.
The respondents were presented with a set of attitudinal statements measuring their certainty on various issues including career and occupation, beliefs, political support, lifestyle, friendships, dating, hobbies, and sharing family responsibilities. The importance of politics, technology, religion, and sports was also examined. The respondents' satisfaction with themselves was surveyed, as well as their development targets. In addition, they were asked whether they had obtained their goals in life and whether they generally looked at various things trustingly.
Finally, changes in life were queried. The respondents were asked to name various events in their life (e.g. beginning studies, getting married, the death of a parent) and rate their positivity or negativity. The respondents were also asked to sort various things (e.g. home and family, work and studies, free time activities, friends) into ascending order according to how much satisfaction they received from them in their current life situation. Views on important issues and threats in the future were also queried.
The background variables included the 27-year-old's gender.
alcoholism; development; education; family; future; identity; labour and employment; leisure time; life cycle; life events; living conditions; smoking; values; young adults
developmental psychology; education; educational psychology; psychology; social psychology (FSD Topics Classification)
drug abuse, alcohol and smoking; family life and marriage (including household composition and generations); leisure, tourism and sport; psychology; religion and values (CESSDA Topics Classification)
The data do not include the years asked in questions 1-7 and 9-15, nor all the "to be filled by researcher" variables mentioned in the questionnaire.
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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 data collection wave was set in motion in 1986 by sending questionnaires to the respondents. Half of them were returned immediately. After a follow-up mailing, three thirds of the questionnaires were returned. Altogether 321 respondents returned the questionnaire. Non-response analysis revealed no systematic patterns for not participating. Therefore, the 27-year-olds who responded represent the original random sample.
Data: SPSS portable file. Data available also in other file formats.
Codebook: pdf file in Finnish
Questionnaire: pdf file in Finnish
Table on the methods used (in Finnish)
FSD2101 Jyväskylä Longitudinal Study of Personality and Social Development (JYLS): Interviews of 27-Year-Olds 1986
FSD2200 Jyväskylä Longitudinal Study of Personality and Social Development (JYLS): Interviews of 27-Year-Olds 1986: Text Data
FSD2121 Jyväskylä Longitudinal Study of Personality and Social Development (JYLS): Personality Tests of 27-Year-Olds 1986
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: Jyväskylä Longitudinal Study of Personality and Social Development (JYLS): Life Situation Questionnaire of 27-Year-Olds 1986 [computer file]. FSD2025, version 1.0 (2007-09-19). Tampere: Finnish Social Science Data Archive [distributor], 2007.
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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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