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The Way Men See Themselves

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • BRIGITTE, Gruner + Jahr, Hamburg
Publication Date
  • GETAS, Bremen (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Society, Culture
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Employment
    • Family life and marriage
    • Gender and gender roles
  • Abstract

    Marriage, partnership and employment of women from the view of the man. Attitude to supporting women and equal opportunities for men and women. Topics: number of conversation partners and friends; frequency of conversations about selected topics of conversation; ideas about marriage and partnership (scale); attitude to employment or professional career of men or women in a partnership (scale); sex role orientation; attitude to feelings and sexuality in a partnership (scale); living together with a woman and, as appropriate, length of living together with partner; frequency of doing selected housework tasks; number of weekdays on which housework tasks are done; differences in occupation with housework an weekends or weekdays; time expended for weekly housework; perceived stress from housework; cleaning help in household; information on changes in sexual relations in the course of the partnership (scale); attitude to open expression of feelings to partner (scale); time worked each week and working days each week; length of daily absence from home due to work; shift work; job satisfaction (scale); information on working hours and job satisfaction of partner; attitude and evaluation of employment or housewive activity of partner (scale); comparison of personal occupational stress with that of partner (scale); ideas about ideal division of housework and raising of children in a family; preferred form of child care with employment of parents; most important tasks of a father in the family (scale); attitude to a personal existence as househusband (scale); attitude to marriage or partnership without marriage (scale); attitude to houses for women; estimated proportion of women beaten by men; knowledge of men who beat their wives; assumed reasons and judgement on selected situations as cause for violence against women; attitude to violence against women (scale); unemployed in circle of friends and acquaintances; most important problems from unemployment for a man and in comparison for a woman (scales); knowledge of women particularly successful in their profession; most important conditions for professional career of women; sex-specific assignment of selected occupations; proportion of women at one´s own place of work; judgement on equal opportunities for men and women at work; women as superior of respondent; assumed reasons for an imbalance of men in higher professional positions (scale); attitude to support for women and the role of women with increased unemployment of men; attitude to contraception; man or woman as responsible for contraception; knowledge of selected methods of contraception and information on one´s own experiences; method of contraception currently used by partner; reasons for lack of contraception; attitude to personal sterilization; knowledge about paragraph 218 and attitude to abortion (scale); personal experience of a situation in which decision about an abortion was necessary; judgement on the legal regulations on maternity leave; characterization of one´s own situation in life (scale); view of men (scale); satisfaction with life up to now (scale). The following additional questions were posed to men without steady partner: steady girl friend; interest in marriage; reasons for lack of interest in a steady partnership (scale). Demography for both respondent and wife or partner: age (classified); religious denomination; German citizenship; school education; vocational training; occupational position; income; household income; size of household; composition of household; number of children; ages of children (classified).
Temporal Coverage
  • 1985-01 / 1985-03
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
    FRG incl. West Berlin
Sampled Universe
German-speaking males between the ages of 20 and 50 years
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: 1039
    Number of Variables: 442
The survey was conducted exclusively by female interviewers.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA1509 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • BRIGITTE; Metz-Göckel, Sigrid; Müller, Ursula: BRIGITTE-Untersuchung 85: Der Mann: Eine repräsentative Untersuchung über die Lebenssituation und das Frauenbild 20- bis 50-jähriger Männer im Auftrag der Zeitschrift BRIGITTE. Hamburg: Gruner + Jahr 1985.

Update Metadata: 2020-10-19 | Issue Number: 84 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22

BRIGITTE, Gruner + Jahr, Hamburg (1986): Selbstverständnis der Männer. Version: 1.0.0. GESIS Datenarchiv. Dataset.