Non-Marital Long-Term Relationships in the Federal Republic of Germany

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • EMNID, Bielefeld
Publication Date
  • EMNID, Bielefeld (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Family
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Family life and marriage
  • Abstract

    The familial situation in non-marital long-term relationships. Topics: appropriate representation of personal interests in the nation; personal interests not represented; significance of religion and religiousness; most frequent leisure partner; length of current partner relation; period of meeting before start of closer partner relation; reasons for not marrying; basic rejection of marriage; ideas about the form of life in old age; marriage intent and probable point in time; general prerequisites and special reasons for a later marriage; arrangement of financial conditions between partners; general judgement on partner relation (scale); problems and difficulties in partner relation; potential reason for separation; agreements reached in case of separation; will; agreements for common acquisitions; influence factors for a good partner relation; general judgement on marriages as well as non-marital partner relations in personal circle of friends; strength of tie in earlier partnerships and as appropriate problems in separation; general as well as personal advantages and disadvantages of a non-marital long-term relationship and of marriage; support payments and greater financial obligations; information on common greater acquisitions and savings account; feelings of obligation of the two partners among themselves with hypothetical financial difficulties; children from personal earlier partnership relations as well as from relations of partner; place of residence and relationship to these children; common children from current partner relation; disadvantages from sole custody of mother with non-marital long-term relationships; desire for children; ideal number of children; practiced method of contraception; personal significance of an unexpected pregnancy and assumed significance for partner; in-family division of decision-making responsibilities. The following additional questions were posed to men: willingness to accept custody for common children; living with parents, with partner or in a group sharing a residence; gradual or immediate moving together with partner; selected partner residence; possession of additional lodging possibilities besides common household; rent contract signed by partner or respondent; difficulties with landlords, neighbors, parents or in occupation; greatest trouble from non-marital living together; distribution of tasks in the household. The following question was also posed to women: interest in acceptance of custody for common children by the current partner. Demography: age; age of partner; sex; marital status; marital status of partner; religious denomination; frequency of church attendance; school education; school education of partner; occupation of partner; employment of partner; income; income of partner; size of household; city size; state; ZIP (postal) code; size of city in which youth was spent. Interviewer rating: date of interview.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1983-03 / 1983-08
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
Sampled Universe
Non-marital long-term relationships
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: 1948
    Number of Variables: 353
The so-called main investigation described here was enhanced by a ´control group survey´ of married couples. This study is archived under ZA Study No. 1558.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA1437 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Bundesminister für Jugend, Familie und Gesundheit (Hrsg.): Nichteheliche Lebensgemeinschaften in der Bundesrepublik. Stuttgart: Kohlhammer 1985. (Schriftenreihe des Bundesministers für Jugend, Familie und Gesundheit, Band 170)

Update Metadata: 2021-04-07 | Issue Number: 91 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22