The Sexual Behavior of Men in the Federal Republic of Germany

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Gruner + Jahr, Hamburg
Publication Date
  • GETAS, Bremen (Data Collector)
  • F. Leist, Muenchen (Data Collector)
  • W. Krist, Muenchen (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Family
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Employment
    • Childbearing, family planning and abortion
    • Family life and marriage
    • Gender and gender roles
  • Abstract

    The sexual behavior as well as occupational and social situation of men. The survey was conceived as a comparative investigation for ZA Study 1124. Topics: 1. The occupational and social situation (oral survey): size of household and household structure; spatial distance to relatives; characterization of residential area; assessment of personal condition of health; height, weight; smoking habits and use of alcohol; attitude to the death penalty, abortion, pre-marital sexual intercourse and extra-marital relations; political interest and orientation toward new things; psychological self-characterization and characterization of ideal as well as actual partner; employment orientation and attitude to employment (scale); attitude to employment of women (scale); characterization of style of child-raising by parents; father or mother as reference person; dominant parent in child-raising; most important socialization authority in parental home or foster home; judgement on marriage of parents; social origins; attitude to saving and sport; length of marriage; judgement on the marriage in the course of time; judgement on personal age at marriage; importance of areas of life; attitude to marriage; judgement on size of personal circle of friends. 2. Sexual conduct (written survey): conversation partner about sex questions in developing years; judgement on one´s own sex education; openness of conversation in parental home; sex life of parents noticed; personal illegitimacy; sex education authority; number of own extra-marital or pre-marital children; judgement on time of birth of first child for the marriage; assessment of perceived burdens during pregnancy of partner; personal presence during birth process; type of contraception practised currently; attitude to the pill for men and sterilisation; number, age, status and time of getting to know steady partner(s) with whom respondent has sexual intercourse; time interval between meeting and first sexual intercourse as well as age of partner; characterization of situation at first sexual intercourse and length of this intimate relation; marriage with first intimate partner; total number of intimate partners; frequency of intimacy; stimulating situations; initiator; type and extent of sexual practices; orgasm; desired activity of partner; contacts with prostitutes; secret sexual desires; conversation about sexuality with partner; development of intensity of sexual experience in the course of time and assumed reasons for this development; fear of impotence; failure during sexual intercourse; characterization of desired sexual partner; attitude to masturbation; homosexual contacts; attitude to lesbian relations by one´s partner; attitude to prostitution and pornography; frequency of reading selected magazines; favorite name. Demography: age; marital status; number of children; age and number of siblings; position in sibling sequence; religious denomination; school education; occupational training; occupation; employment; income; number of recipients of income; household composition; respondent is head of household; characteristics of head of household. Interviewer rating: social class, date of interview, length of interview; place of survey.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1972-01 / 1972-03
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
    FRG incl. West Berlin
Sampled Universe
Male persons of German citizenship living in private households and between the ages of 18 to 60 years.
Sampling Procedure Comment: Multi-stage stratified random sample
Collection Mode
  • Oral survey and written survey under supervision with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 2327
    Number of Variables: 433
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA1123 (Type: ZA-No.)

Update Metadata: 2020-10-20 | Issue Number: 90 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22