Attitude of the West German Population to Marriage and Divorce

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Künzel, Renate (Forschungsinstitut für Soziologie, Universität zu Köln)
Publication Date
  • Institut fuer angewandte Verbraucherforschung, Koeln (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Family
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Family life and marriage
    • Gender and gender roles
  • Abstract

    Attitudes of the population on the role of women in society as well as the function of family, marriage and divorce. Topics: Judgement on the marriage of one´s parents; attitude to marriage and the formal wedding ceremony; attitude to making divorce easier; preference for the principle of irreconcilable differences or the principle of the guilty party; presumable development of frequency of divorce in the FRG; assessment of the significance of sexuality for the functioning of a marriage; frequency and causes of differences of opinion with spouse; personal thoughts of divorce; attitude to marriage advice; help with housework; meals together with one´s family; circle of friends; divorced family members and relatives; familiarity of the individual regulations of divorce law and attitude to reform of marriage law; decision structure and role distribution in one´s family; attitude to independent activities of a wife such as e.g. going on vacation alone; length of knowing spouse before marriage; time of marriage and pregnancy at marriage; number of children; number of previous marriages; attitude to full-time school; leisure activities; television habits and preferred newspapers as well as magazines. Demography: number of children; membership in clubs und organizations; religiousness; social origins; city size; age; sex; marital status; ages of children (classified); religious denomination; school education; vocational training; occupation; employment; income; state; regional origins. Interviewer rating: willingness of respondent to cooperate; interest in interview topic; length of interview.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1973-03 / 1973-04
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
    FRG incl. West Berlin
Sampled Universe
Population over 18 years.
Sampling Procedure Comment: Multi-stage stratified random sample
Collection Mode
  • Oral survey with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 1005
    Number of Variables: 188
The current investigation arose in the framework of a project in connection with which the situation of divorced women was also determined; on this see ZA Study No. 0960.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA0959 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Künzel, Renate: Einstellungen der westdeutschen Bevölkerung zu Ehe und Ehescheidung: Tabellarische Übersicht über die Befragungsergebnisse. Hannover: Arbeitskreis für Rechtssoziologie 1975.

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