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Paths of Generation: Longitudinal Comparative Study of Secondary School Graduates in Different Regions of the Former Soviet Union--Stage 1, 1983 (ICPSR 6312)

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The purpose of this study was to investigate the social determinants of the integration of youth into adult social life in different regions of the former Soviet Union. To this end, graduating secondary school students were queried about their schooling, extracurricular activities, and plans for the future. Questions about schooling included evaluations of school choice and the effectiveness of schooling, as well as self-reporting of marks and abilities in various areas. Items relating to extracurricular activities covered family status and property, preferred activities during spare time, interests, values, and friends. Information concerning plans for the future was elicited through questions that probed for intended educational and occupational pathways, ideas about the preferred pathways, comparisons of these plans with parents' wishes, and the advice of friends and counselors. Additional information gathered by the survey includes age, gender, self-reported health status, consumption of cigarettes and alcohol, age at onset of sexual relations, height, weight, urban status of place of birth, type of secondary education, parents' occupations and education, and number of siblings.

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DS1:  Moldavian Data - Download All Files (2.8 MB)
DS2:  Estonian Data - Download All Files (3.4 MB)
DS3:  Latvian Data - Download All Files (3.7 MB)

Study Description


Ashmane, Maja, Esther Katz, and Mikk Titma. Paths of Generation: Longitudinal Comparative Study of Secondary School Graduates in Different Regions of the Former Soviet Union--Stage 1, 1983. ICPSR06312-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 1997. http://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR06312.v1

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This study was funded by:

  • Academy of Sciences of Moldova
  • Estonian Academy of Sciences
  • Latvian Academy of Sciences

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:   academic achievement, ambition, career goals, educational background, educational objectives, family life, life plans, social networks, values, youths

Geographic Coverage:   Estonia, Latvia, Moldova

Time Period:  

  • 1980--1983

Date of Collection:  

  • 1982--1983

Universe:   Secondary school graduating students in several regions of the former Soviet Union in 1983.

Data Types:   survey data

Data Collection Notes:

The machine-readable codebooks documenting all three data files include English translations of the questionnaires. In addition, Russian language questionnaires for each data file are available as separate files in WordPerfect 5.2. For Part 2, Estonian Data, hardcopy versions of the Russian- and Estonian-language questionnaires and a WordPerfect 5.2 file of the Estonian-language questionnaire are available upon request from ICPSR.


Sample:   Regional samples.

Data Source:

personal interviews

Restrictions: To preserve respondent confidentiality, certain identifying variables are restricted from general dissemination. Aggregations of this information for statistical purposes that preserve the anonymity of individual respondents can be obtained from ICPSR in accordance with existing servicing policies.


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