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Living Conditions and Needs of Old People (1974)

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • EMNID, Bielefeld
Publication Date
  • EMNID, Bielefeld (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Family
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Elderly
  • Abstract

    The housing situation, circles of contact, activities and desires of old people as well as their judgement on the care of old people in the FRG. The main focus areas of the study are the housing situation and the housing desires of old people, circles of contact and the associated care situation, furthermore the determination of activities similar to employment in old age. Topics: Preferred contact persons and actual visits in the last two weeks; frequency of contact with relatives and friends; reference person; conversation partner for daily conversations and satisfaction with frequency of contact; interest in a residence for older people; biggest problems in old age; membership in clubs and organizations as well as frequency of participation in club events; preferred leisure activity; type of newspapers and magazines read regularly; general need for security; information on financially particularly disadvantaged groups in society; satisfaction with personal income situation; assessment whether enough is done for older people; last contact with authorities and assessment of experiences with authorities; personal contacts with the social services office and judgement on the people using the the social services office; the party soonest considering the problems of the older generation; attitude to reform policies and most important political problems; requirements for a politician (semantic differential); housing situation and housing desires; residential area and assessment of adequate care of older people in the vicinity; possibilities to care better for older fellow-citizens; assistance from neighbors, relatives or friends; distance of residence from close persons; satisfaction with general living conditions; preference for activity or leisure; length of daily occupation work; type of activity exercised; comparison of current financial situation with the time before retirement; cost of living; last visit to the doctor. Demography: age (classified); sex; marital status; religious denomination; religiousness; school education; vocational training; occupation; employment; income; household income; size of household; party preference; city size; state.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1974-03 / 1974-04
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
    FRG incl. West Berlin
Sampled Universe
Age: 60 - 84 years old
Sampling Procedure Comment: Quota sample of persons according to age (60 - 84 years old), education and size of place of residence on the second stage; on the first stage according to the ADM mastersample.
Collection Mode
  • Oral survey with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 913
    Number of Variables: 300
See also ZA Study Nos. 0653, 0967 and 1548 under the same title.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA0914 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • EMNID (Hrsg.): Lebensbedingungen und Bedürfnisse alter Menschen. Bielefeld: Forschungsbericht 1974.

Update Metadata: 2020-10-20 | Issue Number: 96 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22

EMNID, Bielefeld (1975): Lebensbedingungen und Bedürfnisse alter Menschen (1974). Version: 1.0.0. GESIS Datenarchiv. Dataset.