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The Social Structure of the Homeless

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Blume, Otto (Institut für Selbsthilfe, Köln)
Publication Date
  • Institut fuer Selbsthilfe, Koeln (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Society, Culture
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Social stratification and groupings
  • Abstract

    Social structure of the residents of homeless shelters. Topics: Reasons for homelessness; previous housing conditions; social origins; current housing conditions; efforts for a normal residence; concepts of a normal residence regarding features and rent costs; description of the situation in the homeless shelter; search for work and unemployment; income and cost of living; financial situation; provision for one´s old age; illness; assistance received from authorities; leisure activity; games of chance; previous convictions and experiences with the legal system; relationship with neighborhood; political interest; discrimination experienced; reading habits; possession of durable consumer goods; debts. Demography: age (classified); sex; marital status; religious denomination; school education; occupation; employment; income; size of household.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1959-01
Geographic Coverage
  • Cologne (DE-NW-CGN)
Sampled Universe
Residents of homeless shelters.
Sampling Procedure Comment: Simple random selection
Collection Mode
  • Oral survey with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 571
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA0198 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Blume, Otto: Die Obdachlosen in Köln. Göttingen: Schwartz 1960

Update Metadata: 2020-10-20 | Issue Number: 91 | Registration Date: 2010-07-21

Blume, Otto (1964): Die Sozialstruktur der Obdachlosen. Version: 1.0.0. GESIS Datenarchiv. Dataset.