Zurich Longitudinal Study 'From School to Middle Adulthood'
Keywords:professional development, panel study, career, personality, Switzerland
The Zurich Longitudinal Study 'From School to Middle Adulthood' (ZLSE) is a longitudinal study which, to date, encompasses ten surveys from various projects. The study covers a life span from the age of 15th to the 49th year of life and started in 1978 when the participants attended their last compulsory school year; another survey is planned for spring 2015 at the age of 52. The focus lies, on the one hand, on a broad coverage of various personality dimensions supplemented by sociobiographical information in adolescence, and, on the other hand, on the professional and non-professional development from adolescence to adulthood. At this moment, data of 485 people representative of the German-speaking part of Switzerland are available. The aim of this article is to give an overview of the study and to explain in detail the individual surveys.
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