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Welfare Survey 1988

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
    • Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
    • Social stratification and groupings
    • Housing
  • Abstract

    Actual living conditions and subjectively perceived quality of life of the West German population. Topics: 1. Housing situation; residence equipped with central heating, bath and toilet in residence; size of residence; residential status; satisfaction with housing and satisfaction with residential area (scales); postmaterialism; conservative or progressive attitude; attitude to selected values (scale); perceived differences of opinion between social conflict groups; satisfaction with public safety and the fight against crime; stress from environmental pollution in residential surroundings; concern about selected environmental problems in the Federal Republic; attitude to abortion and aid to those wanting to die; perceived loneliness; pleasure at work; contentment with life; feeling of happiness; extent of leisure time and satisfaction with leisure time; frequency of selected leisure activities (scale); most important leisure activity; satisfaction with family life; living together with a partner; marital satisfaction or satisfaction in a partnership (scale); satisfaction with division of labor in household; contact opportunities with other people; size of circle of friends; frequency of contact with best friend; assistance provided to relatives, neighbors and friends. 2. Reasons for not being employed; satisfaction with status as housewife; major reason for not being employed for women; perceived possibility to find a suitable job; information on further intents to find employment; search for work; desire for employment; last full-time job; employment in the occupation learned; importance of job characteristics and job satisfaction (scale); importance of areas of life; perceived excessive demands or over-qualification at work; work orientation; fear of loss of job and probability of finding an equivalent position; number of years at work; frequency of unemployment in the last ten years; judgement on financial security in case of unemployment; satisfaction with social insurance in the country; development of household income up to now and expected in the future; comparison of personal income with that of friends and acquaintances as well as in comparison with the average West German; satisfaction with income and satisfaction with standard of living (scale). 3. Condition of health (scale); visits to the doctor; use of medication; life and employment adjustments due to illness or disability; physical and psychic constitution as well as self-determination or influence by others (scales); religiousness and satisfaction with church; interest in politics; satisfaction with democracy; party preference; importance of selected areas of life for one´s well-being and general satisfaction (scale); contentment with life in comparison over time; desired contentment with life; perceived possibilities of change regarding one´s own circumstances; happiest as well as most painful event in life; goals unfulfilled and still sought; estimate of length of interview by the respondent. 4. Satisfaction with education; self-assessment of social class; union membership; party membership and membership in a citizen initiative or a club; members of household and size of household; handicapped or those needing care in the household. Also encoded was: presence of spouse during the question on satisfaction with partner; length of interview; residential building type; type of city (rural or urban buildings); reliability and willingness of respondent to cooperate; presence of others and their intervention in the interview; interruptions of the interview.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1988-04 / 1988-06
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
    FRG incl. West Berlin
Sampled Universe
All citizens 18 years of age or 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: 2144
    Number of Variables: 404
The survey contains a series of question formulations taken over from earlier welfare surveys. The welfare surveys for the years 1987, 1980 and 1984 are archived under ZA Study Nos. 1141, 1142 and 1339. A child survey for the year 1980 is archived under ZA Study No. 1240, a spouse survey on earlier participants in a welfare survey under ZA Study No. 1242 and a welfare panel 1978/1980 is archived under ZA Study No. 1241.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA1839 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Statistisches Bundesamt (Hrsg.) in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Sonderforschungsbereich 3 der Universitäten Frankfurt und Mannheim: Datenreport 1989: Zahlen und Fakten über die Bundesrepublik Deutschland. Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung, Bonn, 1989. (Schriftenreihe Band 280)

Update Metadata: 2020-10-21 | Issue Number: 246 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22

Glatzer, Wolfgang; Noll, Heinz-Herbert; Zapf, Wolfgang (1990): Wohlfahrtssurvey 1988. Version: 1.0.0. GESIS Datenarchiv. Dataset.