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Social Conditions of Utilization of Preliminary Pregnancy Examinations

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Bartholomeyczik, Eike (Institut für Sozialmedizin und Epidemiologie des Bundesgesundheitsamtes, Berlin)
Publication Date
  • Institut fuer Sozialmedizin und Epidemiologie desBundesgesundheitsamtes, Berlin (Data Collector)
  • ZUMA, Mannheim (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Family
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Childbearing, family planning and abortion
  • Abstract

    Questions on pregnancy and birth as well as medical information on mother and child. Attitudes to the pregnancy preliminary examination. Topics: 1. Oral survey: preparation for pregnancy; interest in increased information about pregnancy and birth; source of information about maternity leave regulations; participation in courses on pregnancy and pregnancy preliminary examinations; experiences in pregnancy care, in the doctor´s practice, in the hospital and with the midwife; frequency of preliminary examinations and entries in the document for expectant mothers; distance between residence and doctor´s practice and means of transport used; change of doctor´s practice or place of preliminary examination; general attitude to pregnancy preliminary examination (scale); questions on delivery and last pregnancy; complications during pregnancy; number of births; assessment of condition of health before and during pregnancy; presence of husband at delivery and if appropriate reasons for not being present; attitude to delivery at home; patient status; characterization of one´s own working conditions; commuting time to work; last work day before giving birth; difficulties with the health insurance company regarding provision of maternity grant; taking maternity leave; interest in resumption of employment; reference person and frequency of contact in one´s circle of friends. 2. Written survey: point in time and manner of determination of pregnancy; first emotional reaction of respondent as well as of relatives at this determination; type and frequency of use of semi-luxury foods, tobacco and alcohol during pregnancy; use of contraceptives; attitude to abortion; knowledge about criminal prosecution with offences; planned child; feelings at the first gynecological examination; conversations about sex questions in parental home; attitude to role as housewife (scale); judgement on one´s own financial situation. 3. Survey of all medical information entered in the examination booklet for children and in the document for expectant mothers: new-born initial examination; new-born base examination; information on medical findings at delivery. Demography: sex, age, marital status of all members of household; number of children; ages of children (classified); religious denomination; religiousness; school education; vocational training; occupation; employment; income; size of household; composition of household. Interviewer rating: type of building; type of city; presence of other persons; presence of the baby during the interview and number as well as length of interruptions by the child; other interruptions of the interview; willingness of respondent to cooperate and assessment of her reliability; smoking by respondent during the interview; length of interview; length of stay of interviewer altogether; survey week; weekday of interview. Also encoded was: identification of interviewer.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1977-02 / 1977-04
Geographic Coverage
  • Rhineland-Palatinate (DE-RP)
Sampled Universe
German mothers in Rhineland-Palatinate registering a birth with the registry office in the time period of 15 Jan to 25 Feb 1977.
Sampling Procedure Comment: Stratified random sample Stratification characteristics were: legitimate or illegitimate birth of the target child, year of birth of mother and doctor density at place of residence.
Collection Mode
  • Oral survey with standardized questionnaire as well as written survey and file analysis.
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 644
    Number of Variables: 577
A comment on the course of the survey: while the respondent filled out the written part of the survey, the corresponding passages from the examination booklet for children and the document for expectant mothers were copied by the interviewer.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA0958 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Bartholomyczik, Eike (Hrsg.): Soziale Bedingungen der Inanspruchnahme von Schwangerenvorsorgeuntersuchungen. Berlin: Institut für Sozialmedizin und Epidemiologie des Bundesgesundheitsamtes 1978. (Werkstattbericht Nr. 2).
  • Rasper, Beate: Berufstätigkeit und Schwangerschaft. Berlin: Dietrich Reimer Verlag 1980. (SozEp-Berichte 4/1980).

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

Bartholomeyczik, Eike (1977): Soziale Bedingungen der Inanspruchnahme von Schwangerenvoruntersuchungen. Version: 1.0.0. GESIS Datenarchiv. Dataset.