Children Survey

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Lang, Sabine (Sonderforschungsbereich 3, Mannheim)
Publication Date
  • Sonderforschungsbereich 3, Mannheim (Data Collector)
  • GESIS (Distributor)
  • GESIS (Hosting Institution)
  • ZA:
    • Family
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Family life and marriage
    • Children
Free Keywords
Schema: TheSoz
social background; school attendance; anxiety; education; social relations; playing
  • Abstract

    The family, residential and school situation of children between the ages of 8 to 10 years. Children and their parents were interviewed. Topics: 1. The children questionnaire: number, age and sex of siblings in household; comparison of personal situation with that of siblings; employment of parents; place of stay after school; pet possession or desire for pet possession; feelings of loneliness; reference person; characterization of residential surroundings; noise pollution; satisfaction with housing situation and change recommendations for the residence; personal room; comparison of personal residence with that of friends; preferred type of residential building; residential area suitable for children and improvement recommendations; characterization of negative and positive sides of adults; feeling when together with adults; evaluation of the situation of children in contrast to adults; greatest problems; means of transport used and person accompanying on the way to school; length of distance to school; interest in attending school; ease of learning; satisfaction with school and improvement recommendations; attending kindergarten before time in school; length and reasons for longer absence from family; fear situations; types of positive and negative sanctions by parents; good and bad sides of one´s own family; general judgement on the style of upbringing of parents; areas of personal decision-making responsibilities; general well-being in one´s family; permission to bring friends home; adequate time to play; favorite places to play; place to play during rain; type and frequency of games with parents; boredom; pleasure at play and favorite games; prohibited places of play; number of friends and desire for further friends; feeling when together with friends; general comparison of personal situation with that of friends; general contentment with life; greatest fears and greatest desire; general feeling in answering the questionnaire. 2. The parents questionnaire: a. residential area: street noise pollution of residence; adequate play possibilities for the child in residence and outside; assessment of residential area as child-friendly; school satisfaction and learning ability of the child. b. school: satisfaction with school achievements; school fear of the child; attribution of reasons for school achievements; average duration of doing homework; desired school degree; duration and reasons for separation of child from family. c. leisure time: contact with other children; judgement on leisure time budget of the child; contacts with other children; frequency and type of play with the child; areas of common and sole decision-making responsibility of the child. d. help of child in household: type of helping hand by child in household; basic attitude to help of children; person looking after child for longer absence of mother. e. upbringing: type and frequency of positive and negative sanctions; sanction authority; psychological characterization of child and his actual as well as desirable behavior (two-time judgement by means of the same scale); general assessment of strictness of style of upbringing and characterization of style of upbringing of spouse; greatest upbringing problem; reasons to have children; general questions of upbringing; satisfaction in selected areas of life; characterization of family life and general attitude to children (scales); reasons for a renewed decision for the desire for children; the person filling out the questionnaire. Demography: age; sex; marital status; number of children; school education; income; degree of urbanization.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1980-02 / 1980-07
Geographic Coverage
  • Baden-Württemberg (DE-BW)
  • North Rhine-Westphalia (DE-NW)
  • Lower Saxony (DE-NI)
  • Hamburg (DE-HH)
  • Rhineland-Palatinate (DE-RP)
Sampled Universe
Children between the ages of 8 to 10 years in Hamburg, Hesse, North Rhine-Westphalia, Lower Saxony, Rhineland-Palatinate and Baden-Wuerttemberg. Quota characteristics were city/country and city size.
Non-probability: Quota; Sampling Procedure Comment: Quota Sampling by community size and urbran/rural areas.
Time Dimension
  • Cross-section
Collection Mode
  • Self-administered questionnaire: Paper
  • Written survey under supervision (children) and mail survey (parents) with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 2048
    Number of Variables: 278
Survey unit: students; parents### The procedure in sampling the children initially interviewed resulted in an actual sample of young people between the ages of 7 to 13 years. The survey took place in 6 states and in 35 schools. The written survey of the children was conducted in a class situation. The children interviewed were asked to take a questionnaire to the parents to be filled out and returned by them later. The current data set contains the data from the children´s and parent´s survey in integrated form. The data set was created based on the children interviewed. The corresponding parental data were then appended.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA1240 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • 1 (Type: VerbundFDB)
  • Lang, Sabine: Lebensbedingungen und Lebensqualität von Kindern. Frankfurt, New York: Campus Verlag 1985. (Sonderforschungsbereich 3 der Universitäten Frankfurt und Mannheim "Mikroanalytische Grundlagen der Gesellschaftspolitik")

Update Metadata: 2020-10-23 | Issue Number: 90 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22