University of Tokyo

Survey Number 1050
Survey Title The Survey on the Way of Life and Attitudes of Junior and Senior High School Students, 2012
Depositor Public Opinion Research Division, NHK Broadcasting Culture Research Institute
(Former Name:Public Opinion Research Division, Broadcasting Culture Research Institute)
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Summary When bullying emerged as a social problem once again in the summer of 2012, following the suicide of a male junior high school student in the city of Otsu, in Shiga Prefecture, NHK conducted "The Survey on the Way of Life and Attitudes of Junior and Senior High School Students" and their parents across the country. This is the survey, the fifth edition after 10 years (the previous editions were conducted in 1982, 1987, 1992, and 2002.)

This survey aimed at identifying the true state of the lives and values of junior high and high school students through a wide range of topics such as their school life, relationships with their friends and parents, mental condition, and views on society. Each edition of the survey also included specific questions that reflect the social condition at the time. The 2012 edition included new questions about experience with bullying in the current school year, the use of the Internet, the role of men and women, and others. The term "Internet" in this survey includes the use of email.
Data Type quantitative research: micro data
Universe [Students] Men and women aged between 12 and 18 years across Japan(Those who were born between April 2, 1994 and April 1, 2000)
[Parents] Parents of male and female students aged between 12 and 18 years across Japan
Unit of Observation Individual
Sample Size [Students] 1,800 samples, valid responses: 1,142 people (among them, 570 middle school students, 557 high school students), response rate: 63.4%
[Parents] Father: 1,800 samples, valid responses: 969 people, response rate: 53.8%
Mother: 1,800 samples, valid responses: 1,230 people, response rate: 68.3%
Date of Collection 2012-08-24 ~ 2012-09-02
2012/08/24 (Friday) – 09/02 (Sunday)
Time Period 2012 ~ 2012
Spatial Unit Japan
Sampling Procedure Probability: Stratified
Probability: Multistage
[Students] 1,800 individuals were selected from the basic resident register by two-stage stratified random sampling(12*150 locations)
[Parents] Parents of the 1,800 surveyed students (including cases where the child had no parents)
Mode of Data Collection Face-to-face interview
Self-administered questionnaire
[Students] Individual interview
[Parents] Distributed and collected
Investigator Public Opinion Research Division, NHK Broadcasting Culture Research Institute
DOI 10.34500/SSJDA.1050
Sponsors (Funds)
Related Publications (by the Investigator) Please refer to the abstract in Japanese.
Related Publications (based on Secondary Analysis) List of related publications (based on Secondary Analysis)
Documentation Questionnaires [ Students ] [ Father ] [ Mother ]
Frequency Tables [ Students ] [ Father/Mother ]
Major Survey Items [Students]
Face items
Gender, age

(1) School life
・School type (private/public, founder, seniority, co-ed/separate, if middle and high schools are combined)
・Whether school is fun, their views on study, the final academic level intended
・School grades, time spent on after-school studies and whether attending tutoring schools (juku)
・Evaluation of the classes and the relationship with the homeroom teacher
・Whether the school rules are strict, experience with class disruption
・Type of club activities enrolled in and the level of dedication

(2) Relationship with parents
・How it is to live with parents and the frequency of dialogue
・Content of the emails exchanged (if any) with parents
・Evaluation of the father-child relationship and how he is as a father
・Evaluation of the mother-child relationship and how she is as a mother

(3) Life at home
・Whether the respondent helps with chores
・Amount of time spent watching TV and wake-up/bedding time
・Details of items of personal use (cellphone, TV, and others)
・Allowance amount
・Whether it is fun to be home

(4) Use of the Internet
・The purposes of using the Internet, length of use
・Actions to avoid online danger
・Evaluation of online human relations
・Number of emails exchanged

(5) Mental health
・Subjects of interest
・General malaise or stress, if any
・Causes of worry and who they talked to when needed
・Number of friends

(6) Experience with bullying
・Their own experience with bullying
・Their behavior after seeing or hearing about bullying

(7) Conscience and values
・Things they do on their own (waking up by themselves, tidying up their surroundings and bedroom, and so on)
・Whether they want to become an adult and why
・The desire to study abroad
・Details of their own personality
・Relationship with the opposite sex
・The role of each parent in child-rearing and the mother's work after marriage/giving birth
・Interest in politics, desired lifestyle, goals for life, and views on society

Face items
Age, occupation, highest level of educational attainment, living standards

(1) Details of the child
・Siblings, if any
・School type and founder
・Personality and things they can do on their own
・Health condition (general malaise), general concerns, and subjects the children do not agree with
・Whether they access the internet and concerns about its use

(2) Details of the child's education
・Satisfaction with the school, evaluation of the classes' content, evaluation of the school, trust in the homeroom teacher, and whether the child's individuality is being explored
・The child's final education goal and how education costs are borne
・How bullying is handled
・Skills they want their child to acquire at school and concerns over their academic achievement
・Opinions on the children's study and education-conscious society

(3) Details of the parent-child relationship
・Evaluation of the parent-child relationship, parent-child conversation, parent-child relationship, and what kind of parents they aspire to be
・Respect for the child's privacy and rules for the child's friendships
・If the child is well disciplined, if they are trusted by their child, and the things that they do to their child unintentionally
・Who they talk to about the child's worries
・The role of each parent in child-rearing
・Concerns about employment difficulties in the future

(4) Conscience and values
・Desired lifestyle and goals for life
・Happiness and views on society

*For details on survey items, please refer to the questionnaire.
Date of Release 2016/10/17
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Compulsory and pre-school education
Higher and further education
General health and well-being
Information society
Social behaviour and attitudes
Topics in SSJDA Education/Learning
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