Attitudes and Behavior on the Topic "Health"

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Bundeszentrale für gesundheitliche Aufklärung (BZgA), Köln
Publication Date
  • Gesellschaft fuer Grundlagenforschung, Muenchen (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Medicine
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • General health
  • Abstract

    Health orientation and condition of health as well as concrete behavior of the population regarding health, eating habits and physical exercise. Topics: 1. Subjective feeling of health, among other things determined with the scales: feeling of health in the health area, health orientation; sub-scales: self-responsiblity and risk motivation. 2. Significance of the term ´health´ and general health orientation; assessment of personal condition of health (scale). 3. Behavior habits and attitudes regarding concrete health questions: type and frequency of athletic activity; membership in a sport club; attitude to acceptance of damage to health from employment (scale) and judgement on one´s own stress burden; physical demands in employment and satisfaction with daily exercise; use of cigarettes; satisfaction with number of cigarettes smoked; attempts to quit smoking and assessment of damage to health from smoking; fear of cancer from smoking; attitude to visits to the doctor; fear of illnesses to be expected personally; desired age in life; sleep habits; time in the fresh air and ´in the country´. 4. Nutrition habits: drinking and eating habits; detailed determination of the type and frequency of nutrition intake; breakfast habits and conduct when eating; alcoholism; comparison of nutrition habits during the week and on weekends as well as with nutrition in parental home; subjective significance of correct nutrition and consciousness of personal nutrition errors; manner of control of weight; attitude to overweight; stating height and weight. 5. Use of various means of transport; age and number of children; complaints necessitating regular visits to the doctor; last visit to the doctor; case of illness during the last few years. Demography: age (classified); sex; marital status; religious denomination; occupation; professional position; employment; household income; size of household; head of household. Interviewer rating: body stature of respondent; date of interview.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1971-05 / 1971-06
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
    FRG incl. West Berlin
Sampled Universe
Persons 14 - 70 years old.
Sampling Procedure Comment: Multi-stage stratified random sample (random route)
Collection Mode
  • Oral survey with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 1500
    Number of Variables: 376
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA0681 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • BZgA (Type: FDZ)
  • Bundeszentrale für gesundheitliche Aufklärung (Hrsg.): Einstellungen und Verhaltensweisen zum Thema "Gesundheit": Repräsentativbefragung der Bevölkerung der Bundesrepublik einschließlich West-Berlins. Köln: hektographierter Forschungsbericht 1971.

Update Metadata: 2021-04-07 | Issue Number: 252 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22