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Welfare Survey 1978

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Brachtl, Wolfgang (Universität Mannheim)
  • Gransche, Elisabeth (Universität Mannheim)
  • Lang, Sabine (Universität Mannheim)
  • Siara, Christian S. (Universität Mannheim)
  • Volkert, Marieke (Universität Mannheim)
  • Zapf, Wolfgang (Universität Mannheim)
  • ZUMA, Mannheim
Publication Date
  • INFRATEST, Munich (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Society, Culture
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Employment
    • Social conditions and indicators
    • Specific diseases and medical conditions
    • Family life and marriage
    • Income, property and investment/saving
    • Housing
  • Abstract

    Actual living conditions and subjectively perceived quality of life of the West German population. Topics: 1. Objective situation in areas of life: housing situation and residence furnishing; residence costs; house and residence possession; life with partner; type and number of friends; neighborhood aid; members of household and size of household; year of marriage; occupational position of spouse and father; vocational training and occupation career; employment and mobility; condition of health; visits to the doctor; hospital stays and use of medication; need of care and help in need of care; disabilities; event under which one particularly suffered and about which one is happy. 2. Evaluations and perceived qualities of life: judgement on one´s own residence 5 years ago and current housing situation; satisfaction with housing as well as satisfaction with residential area and traffic conditions (scales); satisfaction with being alone or marital satisfaction; understanding between the partners; satisfaction with family life, the functioning of the household, leisure time, health, social security, standard of living,democratic institutions in the FRG, opportunities for political activity, public safety, environmental protection, one´s own education, working conditions, one´s occupation, the prospects of promotion, income, the church and with the status as housewife or pensioner (scale); general work satisfaction and contentment with life (scale); importance of areas of life; moral orientation; work orientation; most important political goals; attitude to abortion and treatment of the critically ill; attitude to a child benefit for mothers; perception of social differences and social conflict groups; groups with too much power. 3. Miscellaneous: self-assessment of social class affiliation; memberships; amount of assets; activities in the direction of improving income; further education activities; use of income; applying for a stay at a health resort; religiousness; date of birth; availability at home in the last 3 days. Demography: age; sex; marital status; number of children; ages of children (classified); religious denomination; frequency of church attendance; school education; occupational position; occupational training; further education; occupational position; employment; household income; assets; household size; household composition; respondent is head of household; characteristics of head of household; residential status; voting behavior at the last federal parliament election; memberships; union membership. Interviewer rating: type of building; type of house; type of city; presence of other persons and their intervention in interview; reliability and willingness of respondent to cooperate; length of interview.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1978-06
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
    FRG incl. West Berlin
Sampled Universe
German citizens 18 years old and older living in private households.
Sampling Procedure Comment: Multi-stage stratified random sample (ADM mastersample)
Collection Mode
  • Oral survey with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 2012
    Number of Variables: 311
The survey contains a series of question formulations taken over from other investigations. Details are available in the publication. See also the Welfare Survey 1980 archived under ZA Study No. 1142.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA1141 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Siara, Christian S.: Komponenten der Wohlfahrt: Materialien zu Lebensbedingungen und Lebensqualität in der Bundesrepublik. Frankfurt: Campus 1980. (Sonderforschungsbereich 3 der Universitäten Frankfurt und Mannheim. Mikroanalytische Grundlagen der Gesellschaftspolitik, Materialband 1).
  • Glatzer, Wolfgang; Zapf, Wolfgang (Hrsg.): Lebensqualität in der Bundesrepublik: Objektive Lebensbedingungen und subjektives Wohlbefinden. Frankfurt: Campus 1984. (Schriftenreihe Sonderforschungsbereich 3 der Universitäten Frankfurt und Mannheim "Mikroanalytische Grundlagen der Gesellschaftspolitik", Bd. 10).

Update Metadata: 2020-10-20 | Issue Number: 243 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22

Brachtl, Wolfgang; Gransche, Elisabeth; Lang, Sabine; Siara, Christian S.; Volkert, Marieke et. al. (1981): Wohlfahrtssurvey 1978. Version: 1.0.0. GESIS Datenarchiv. Dataset.