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Alcoholism as Career

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Köster, Helmut (Rheinische Landesklinik, Düren)
  • Matakas, Frank (Rheinische Landesklinik, Düren)
  • Scheuch, Erwin K. (Institut für angewandte Sozialforschung, Universität zu Köln)
Publication Date
  • Institut fuer angewandte Sozialforschung, Universitaet zu Koeln (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Medicine
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Drug abuse, alcohol and smoking
    • Specific diseases and medical conditions
    • Family life and marriage
  • Abstract

    Situation in life, use of alcohol and alcohol career of alcoholics. Topics: 1. illness case history by doctor in attendance. 2. theme conversation: reference person and judgement on relationship with this person; contact intensity; judgement on common leisure behavior with reference person; perceived changes in the relation; frequency and type of conflicts; problem solution resulting from conflicts; sexual practices sober and drunk; responsibility for raising children and care of children; judgement on contact with one´s own parents; significance of family and occupation; satisfaction with housework (only for housewives); reasons for non-marriage (only for singles); detailed information on professional career; frequency of changes of company and reasons for these; work orientation; anomy; detailed information on general ability to establish contacts and alcohol-specific changes of this ability to establish contacts; memberships; hobby; leisure activities; watching television; feeling of boredom; detailed information on personal alcohol career; place and effects of the use of alcohol; difficulties experienced from the use of alcohol and resulting sanctions; measures and treatments against the use of alcohol; assumed heterostereotype of the alcoholic or a former alcoholic; assumed reasons for alcoholism; number of alcohol-specific treatments before the current treatment; time of first or last treatment; type of treatment; treatment length; type of resulting therapies and result evaluation; initiators of earlier treatments and manner of admission; resulting stigmatization after earlier treatments; relapses and relapse situation; personal readiness for and attitude of social surroundings to stationary treatment; delinquency; current legal status (legally incapacitated); current manner of admission; participation of others in the compulsory hospitalization; cause for admission; changes in relations through readiness for treatment; personal expectations of the clinic stay; cooperative conduct in personal therapy; concept of a clinic and therapy; length of stay sought; attitude to treatment of alcoholics in the psychiatric ward; attitude to secrecy of the clinic stay; expected difficulties in the future; assessment of the future situation with occupation and family; follow-up treatments; ideas about further aid measures; personal infidelity or infidelity of partner; length of infidelity; condition of health of partner. Also encoded was the consistency of patient statements and file records; suicide attempts; suicide as threat or attempt to kill oneself. Demography: sex; age; marital status; religious denomination; place of residence and size of place of residence; size of place of birth; geographic mobility in the first years of life; child-raising persons; changes of family situation in childhood; number of siblings; position in sibling sequence; occupation of father or mother; occupational position of father or mother; judgement on economic conditions in one´s family during one´s childhood; age of spouse and age difference between partners; number of children; personal school education and that of partner; vocational training; personal employment and that of partner; personal occupation last learned or practiced and that of partner; income of head of household; type of right of disposal over income; respondent is head of household; characteristics of head of household; residential status. 3. catamnese after about one year: amount of time passed since discharge; place and type of interview; participants in the interview; survey atmosphere; survey behavior; atmosphere between the patient and his partner; information on proportion of conversation between patient and partner; residential status; perceived changes regarding the time of case history; size of residence; condition of residence; changes in marital status; changes in living together during the clinic time or in the time after the clinic stay; reference person and judgement on relations; right of disposal over income; contact intensity; reasons for conflict; problem solutions through conflicts; changes in family life and sexuality; changes in social contacts; leisure activities; watching television and feeling of boredom; occupational changes; vertical mobility; unemployment; reasons for lay-off; side jobs; employment of partner; primary bread-winner; problems in the search for work; influence of unemployment on personal self-esteem; detailed information on treatment career and ambulatory contacts; information on development of use of alcohol after clinic stay; resulting relapse; concealment of clinic stay or alcoholism; reactions to clinic stay; participation in social life; stigmatization of partner; alcohol or pill use of partner; support recived; change of company after clinic stay; current source of income; number of clinic stays; marriage length; dissatisfaction with ward life; anomy; delinquency; number of suicide attempts; manner of admission; length of stays on psychiatric ward and in prison.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1977-10 / 1979
Geographic Coverage
  • Dueren (DE-NW-DUE)
Sampled Universe
All patients treated longer than 5 days under the diagnosis ´alcoholism´ in the state clinic in Dueren during the investigation time period
Sampling Procedure Comment: Census
Collection Mode
  • Oral survey with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 258
Of the 258 respondents 207 were men and 51 women. The theme conversations recorded by means of magnetic tape were transformed into a standardized form for the purposes of data processing. The theme conversations took place in the time period between October 1977 and April 1978. The 3rd part of the survey was conducted about 1 year after dismissal of the patient.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA1369 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Berger, Herbert; Legnaro, Aldo; Reuband, Karl-Heinz (Hrsg.): Alkoholismus und Alkoholabhängigkeit. Stuttgart: Kohlhammer 1980.
  • Matakas, Frank; Berger, Herbert; Köster, Helmut; Legnaro, Aldo: Alkoholismus als Karriere. Berlin: Springer-Verlag 1984.

Update Metadata: 2020-10-20 | Issue Number: 247 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22

Köster, Helmut; Matakas, Frank; Scheuch, Erwin K. (1983): Alkoholismus als Karriere. Version: 1.0.0. GESIS Datenarchiv. Dataset.