The Social Situation of Older Women Living Alone in Large Cities in the Federal Republic of Germany

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Blume, Otto (Institut für Sozialforschung und Gesellschaftspolitik, Köln)
  • Nägele, Gerhard (Institut für Sozialforschung und Gesellschaftspolitik, Köln)
  • Plum, Wolfgang (Institut für Sozialforschung und Gesellschaftspolitik, Köln)
Publication Date
  • MARPLAN, Offenbach (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Family
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Elderly
    • Gender and gender roles
  • Abstract

    The housing situation as well as the extent of isolation and loneliness of older women living alone in selected large cities in the FRG. Topics: Housing conditions; residence furnishings; size of residence; rent costs and housing benefit; satisfaction with residence; length and evaluation of life alone; reasons for moves; actual and desired contacts with children and neighbors; evaluation of social contacts; contacts with young people; assistance from friends or family members in household; isolation and loneliness; personal person to confide in; difficulties of living alone; description of one´s state of health; number of visits to the doctor and hospital stays; help in case of illness; index of need of help; knowledge of help services for older people; leisure activities; having a pet; membership in clubs or organizations; visit to old people´s day centers; media usage; possession of a telephone; interest in paid employment; assets and sources of income; conduct in financial difficulties; alcohol use; religiousness. Scales: general contentment with life; understanding of sex roles and contact desires. Demography: age (classified); marital status; school education. Interviewer rating: length of interview; presence of other persons; judgement on residential area.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1977-07
Geographic Coverage
  • North Rhine-Westphalia (DE-NW)
  • Baden-Württemberg (DE-BW)
  • Hamburg (DE-HH)
Sampled Universe
Research area: Cologne, Hamburg and Stuttgart.
Sampling Procedure Comment: Quota sample of women living alone 60 years old and older.
Collection Mode
  • Oral survey with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 599
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA1005 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Nägele, Gerhard; Plum, Wolfgang: Die soziale Lage alleinstehender älterer Frauen: Eine empirische Untersuchung in 3 Großstädten der Bundesrepublik Deutschland. Deutscher Teilbericht einer internationalen Vergleichsstudie. Köln: Institut für Sozialforschung und Gesellschaftspolitik 1979.

Update Metadata: 2021-04-07 | Issue Number: 86 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22