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Dominance and Partnership

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • INFAS, Bonn-Bad Godesberg
Publication Date
  • INFAS, Bonn-Bad Godesberg (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Family
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Family life and marriage
    • Gender and gender roles
  • Abstract

    Concepts of marriage, family as well as sex roles and decision structure within the family. Topics: 1. Concepts of marriage: most important components of a marriage; attitude to pre-marital sexual experience by men and women; preferred age difference between man and woman; earlier concepts of daily life in marriage and their current realization. 2. Attitudes to role flexibility: occupational activity of spouse; attitude to employment of the wife; recognition of housework and dealing with the double burden; interest in taking on a suitable half-day position; work satisfaction. Among men: willingness to increase help in household and to do without occupational advancement for the benefit of the development possibilities of the wife; wife as potential main earner. 3. Factual distribution of tasks: helping by children and husband in housework; participation in the occupational interests of spouse; responsibility for contacts with relatives and friends. 4. Children in one´s family: number and ages of children; education of children; contemplated attendance at a full-time school; responsibility for care of children and raising children; serious change in the marriage at the birth of a child; increased attention to spouse or children; planned activities after the children are gone. 5. Decision-making responsibilities and dominance relationships: partner with the better ability to assert oneself with differences of opinion before or in marriage; conflicts between spouses and children; decision-making responsibility about amount of household money, larger and smaller acquisitions, completion of contracts, occupation questions and raising children; punishment of the children; decisions about choice of evening television program; differences in amount of pocket-money between the spouses. 6. Conflict points and conflict solution in the marriage: views on conflicts in the marriage; conduct with conflicts; last discussion about marriage questions; unsolved problems in the marriage; satisfaction or desire for change of distribution of tasks in the marriage. 7. Isolation attempts: type and frequency of activities without spouse; desire for vacation without spouse; thoughts of divorce; most important cause for a divorce; first or second marriage. 8. Miscellaneous: family or government as bearer of child-raising tasks; political interest; frequency of overtime and activities after quitting time; company size; television habits and reading habits; tenancy; social origins and contact with parents; age at leaving parental home; local residency; membership in clubs and organizations; membership in a trade union and participation in its events; readiness for membership in trade unions; party preference and party identification; personal election participation at the last Federal Parliament election; payment of wealth tax; scales: dominance and traditionalism. Demography: political interest; social origins; membership in clubs und organizations; membership in a trade union and participation in their events; party preference and party identification; age (classified); sex; number of children; ages of children (classified); age und number of siblings; religious denomination; religiousness; school education; occupation; employment; household income; size of household; composition of household; head of household; party membership; self-assessment of social class. Also encoded were: date of birth and city code.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1975-01 / 1975-02
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
    FRG without West Berlin
Sampled Universe
Age: 18-50 years
Sampling Procedure Comment: The total sample is composed of the following subsamples: 1.representative population sample (individuals between the ages of 18 to 50 years), selected according to the quota procedure, 2. supplementary survey of spouses of the married persons of the population sample (558 respondents), 3. survey of a supplement quota comprised of single persons under 26 years and married people under 31 years without children.
Collection Mode
  • Oral survey with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 1774
A couples data set is also available containing the data of the 667 interviewed married couples.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA0957 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Institut für angewandte Sozialwissenschaft (Hrsg.): Dominanz und Partnerschaft. Bonn-Bad Godesberg: Forschungsbericht 1975.
  • Bundesminister für Jugend, Familie und Gesundheit (Hrsg.): Die "Rolle des Mannes" und ihr Einfluß auf die Wahlmöglichkeiten der Frau. Stuttgart: Kohlhammer 1976. (Schriftenreihe des Bundesministers für Jugend, Familie und Gesundheit, Band 41).

Update Metadata: 2020-10-20 | Issue Number: 86 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22

INFAS, Bonn-Bad Godesberg (1975): Dominanz und Partnerschaft. Version: 1.0.0. GESIS Datenarchiv. Dataset.