The current volumes of our book series are listed in the



Publications from the first study (2007/2008)

Access to SPSS-data from the first study (2007/2008)

  • The dataset is accessible for scientists in SPSS-format. It is stored by the Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences (GESIS, Germany) which is connected to CESSDA (Consortium for European Social Sciences) and IFDO (International Federation of Data Organizations).
  • People who are interested in re-analyzing the datasets have to be advanced users of SPSS. Without knowledge about SPSS-Syntax, data selection, weighting cases and aggregated data, your analysis will not lead to correct results.We recommend to allow for at least one day for getting acquainted with the dataset.
  • You find the dataset with the GESIS access-number ZA5226 (DOI:10.4232/1.10103)
    Description of Dataset ZA5226
    Ordering form for datasets from GESIS
  • All questionnaires can be downloaded here (English version).


 The dataset from the second study is not publicly available.

Published Articles and Books from the First Project (Selection, not continued after 2010)

Christensen, Leise; Dormor, Duncan, Hoeg, Ida, Ilg, Wolfgang; Niemelä, Kati. 2010 Protestant confirmation in European perspective. in: Collins-Mayo, Sylvia / Dandelion, Pink (eds.) (2010): Religion and Youth. Ashgate, 181-189.

Christensen, Leise. (2009). Hvad mener konfirmanderne om konfirmationsforberedelsen? (What do the confirmands think about their preparationstime?). in: Kritisk Forum for Praktisk Teologi 15 (Critical Forum for Practical Theology), 15-25.

Cramer, Colin; Elsenbast, Volker; Ilg, Wolfgang; Schweitzer, Friedrich (2008):  Konfirmandenarbeit erforschen: regional – national – international. Innovative Perspektiven einer empirischen Untersuchung zur kirchlichen Arbeit mit Kindern und Jugendlichen. in: ZPT - Zeitschrift für Pädagogik und Theologie 60, 104-118. 
(Researching confirmation work on regional, national and international level)

Høeg, Ida Marie (2009): Konfirmasjonstiden har vært bra - jeg har fått litt mer kunnskap og hatt det fint sammen med de andre konfirmantene. Pp. 221-236 in: Lægdene, Stig (red.): Samfunnet i gudstjenesten. Praktisk-kirkelig årbok 2009. Hasvik: Brøytebil. <span style="color: rgb(224, 137, 52); ">ONLINE VERSION</span>
(Confirmation time was nice - I increased my knowledge somewhat and I had a good time with the other confirmants)

Ilg, Wolfgang; Cramer, Colin (2009): Empirische Untersuchungen zur Konfirmandenarbeit. in: Schlag, Thomas; Neuberth, Rudi; Kunz, Ralph (Ed.): Konfirmandenarbeit in der pluralistischen Gesellschaft, Theologischer Verlag Zürich, 237-251.
(Empirical studies on confirmation work)

Ilg, Wolfgang / Schweitzer, Friedrich (2010): Researching confirmation work in Europe: The need for multi-level analysis for identifying individual and group influences in non-formal education. in: Journal of Empirical Theology 23, 159-178

Krupka, Bernd (2009): Konfirmasjon som innlemming i kirkens tradisjon: Norske konfirmantmedarbeideres perspektiv på konfirmanttiden. Pp 237-254 in: Praktisk kirkelig årbok 2009.
(Becoming a part of the tradition of the church: Norwegian confirmant workers' view on confirmation)

Krupka, Bernd, Reite, Ingrid (eds., 2010): Mellom pietisme og pluralitet. Konfirmasjonsarbeid i fire nordiske land. Oslo: Iko-forlaget (Prismet bok). Between Pietism and Plurality. Confirmation Work in Four Nordic Countries. With contributions by Ida Marie Høeg, Per Pettersson, Kati Niemelä, Tapani Innanen, Jouko Porkka.

Schweitzer, Friedrich; Ilg, Wolfgang; Simojoki, Henrik (2009): Aufgaben, Möglichkeiten und Grenzen international-vergleichender Forschung zur Konfirmandenarbeit. in: Elsenbast, Volker; Schweitzer, Friedrich (Hg.): Konfirmandenarbeit erforschen. Ziele - Erfahrungen - Perspektiven. Gütersloh: Gütersloher Verlagshaus, 197-211. 
(what can be expected from international comparative studies on confirmation work?)

Simojoki, Henrik / Schweitzer, Friedrich / Ilg, Wolfgang (2011): Europäische Impulse für die Konfirmandenarbeit. Empirische Befunde aus einer internationalen Studie. in: Deutsches Pfarrerblatt 111,
(European impulses for confirmation work. Empirical findings from an international study)