FSD2097 Jyväskylä Longitudinal Study of Personality and Social Development (JYLS): Self-Ratings and Free Time Activities of 20-Year-Olds 1980

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  • Pulkkinen, Lea (University of Jyväskylä. Department of Psychology)


aggressiveness, cultural activities, exercise (physical activity), hobbies, leisure time activities, moral concepts, organizations, personal identity, personality, personality traits, social behaviour


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. In this data collection wave, some of the respondents, who were 20 years old at the time, were invited to participate in a theme interview. This dataset contains three self-rating questionnaires and a free time activity questionnaire presented to the respondents in connection with the interview.

First, the respondents evaluated their own behaviour with the help of attitudinal statements and adjectives (e.g. "energetic", "stable", "submissive", and "conventional"). There were also eight questions on behaviour that corresponded to the peer nominations and teacher ratings conducted with the respondents at the ages of 8 and 14 (see datasets FSD2059 and FSD2073). In these questions, the respondents evaluated themselves from three different angles: what they were like at the time of the study, what they would want to be like, and what they should be like. The questions charted, for example, social activity, aggressiveness, and compliance.

The respondents were asked about their free time activities and hobbies, including various sports, going to theatre or concerts, painting, photographing, writing, reading, singing in a choir, playing bingo, doing crossword puzzles, motoring, collecting stamps, spending time in bars or at friends' homes, participating in political or religious voluntary organisations, and studying in evening classes or adult education centres.

The background variables included the respondent's gender.

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