Welfare Survey 1984

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Glatzer, Wolfgang (Sonderforschungsbereich 3 der Universitäten Frankfurt und Mannheim)
  • Noll, Heinz-Herbert (Sonderforschungsbereich 3 der Universitäten Frankfurt und Mannheim)
  • Zapf, Wolfgang (Sonderforschungsbereich 3 der Universitäten Frankfurt und Mannheim)
Publication Date
  • INFRATEST, Munich (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Society, Culture
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Employment
    • Social conditions and indicators
    • Social behaviour and attitudes
    • Specific diseases and medical conditions
    • Family life and marriage
    • Information technology
  • Abstract

    Actual living conditions and subjectively perceived quality of life of the West German population. Topics: 1. Objective situation in the various areas of life: housing situation; residence furnishing; size of residence; living together with a partner; members of household and size of household; vocational training and employment career; employment and mobility; reasons for non-employment of housewives; information on further employment intents; paid and unpaid side jobs; frequency of unemployment since 1970; judgement on financial security in case of unemployment; assessment of probability of occupational change in the next few years (scale); fear of loss of job; condition of health; visits to the doctor; use of medication; number of relatives in nursing homes and frequency of visits; personal disability; happiest as well as most unfortunate experience in life; friends outside of the family; financial situation; occupation with children; frequency of maintenance work and repair work on car and in residence; carrying out repairs in household by members of household or companies; assistance for or from relatives, neighbors and friends; evaluation of assistance recieved. 2. Subjective well-being and perceived quality of life: marital satisfaction; understanding between partners; satisfaction with family life, management of household, division of labor in household, leisure time, health, social security, standard of living, public safety, environmental protection, one´s own training, job, household income, church and status as housewife (scale); general work satisfaction and contentment with life (scale); contentment with life and satisfaction with income in comparison over time; feeling of happiness; loneliness; importance of areas of life; work orientation; postmaterialism; disturbance of well-being through differences of opinion; intensity of disputes; conflict partner; importance of selected areas of life for well-being and satisfaction (scale); current greatest concerns and difficulties as well as perceived possibilities of overcoming; importance of job characteristics; perceived stress from employment or housework (scale); distribution of daily housework among members of household; attitude to welfare state or more personal responsibility (scale); attitude to abortion and treatment of terminally ill; attitude to child-raising support for pensions of mothers; perceived differences of opinion between social conflict groups. 3. Miscellaneous: self-assessment of social class; memberships and reasons for memberships; activities in the direction of income improvement; party inclination; political interest; religiousness; video recorder possession and use; possession of personal computer and use of personal computer as well as reasons for this acquisition; car possession. Demography: age; sex; marital status; religiousness; school education; occupational training; household size; degree of urbanization; memberships. 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
  • 1984-05 / 1984-07
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
    FRG incl. West Berlin
Sampled Universe
All 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: 2067
    Number of Variables: 416
The survey contains a series of question formulations taken over from earlier welfare surveys. The welfare surveys 1978 and 1980 are archived under ZA Study Nos. 1141 and 1142. Besides this in connection with this project a child survey 1980 (ZA Study No. 1240), a spouse survey (ZA Study No. 1242) and the welfare panel 1978/1980 (ZA Study No. 1241) were conducted.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA1339 (Type: ZA-No.)

Update Metadata: 2021-04-07 | Issue Number: 93 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22