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Family Constellation 1987/88

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Kürthy, Tamas (Institut für Erziehungwissenschaft an der Rheinisch-Westfälischen Technischen Hochschule Aachen)
  • Mey, H. (Institut für Soziologie an der Rheinisch-Westfälischen Technischen Hochschule Aachen)
Publication Date
  • Institut fuer Erziehungswissenschaft an der Rheinisch-Westfaelischen Technischen Hochschule Aachen (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Family
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Social stratification and groupings
    • Family life and marriage
    • Youth
    • Children
  • Abstract

    Description of the family atmosphere of young adults in Aachen in thinking back on childhood and youth. Topics: number of siblings; position in sibling sequence; city size and residential status during childhood; one´s own room or person, with whom the room was shared; preferred playmates and places to play as well as information on sex und age of playmates; most important reference person in childhood; frequency of watching television as well as persons present; most important reasons for not watching television; most important reasons to enjoy attending kindertarden or to refuse to attend kindergarten; most important problems in attending elementary school and in the secondary level; favorite subjects at end of time in school; self-classification of school achievements during the last year of school; interest of parents in school development; age at important phases in life and events; age at leaving parental home; reason to leave; current marital status and year of marriage or divorce and year of death of partner; duration of living together before marriage; firm partner and duration of being together with this partner; leisure preferences and leisure partner; current and earlier club memberships; memberships in associations, organizations, parties and trade unions; classification as passive or active member; offices held; self-classification on a top-bottom scale; importance of areas of life and selected occupational characteristics; attitude to employment of women and the duty of the woman in the family and in raising children; significance of family and attitude to marriage; ideal number of children; desire for children; reasons for the desire for children or reasons not to want to have children; age and sex of one´s own children; psychological characterization of each individual child; reasons for a single child; advantage or disadvantage of being a single child; type of problems and concerns with the children; major problem child; social relations; number of friends of respondent in neighborhood, at work and since childhood; sex of best friend; length of this friendship; relatives living in the same household and with whom the closest contact exists; most important person to confide in; assistance; persons who can be called on for favors; ability to establish contacts; frequency of social occasions; frequency of conversation about private things and desire for a person to confide in; psychological self-characterization; information on education and occupational position; self-assessment of social class. Relative to the parents of the persons interviewed the following questions were posed: year of birth and perhaps year of death of parents; step-parents or foster parents; times and reasons for absence from parental home during childhood; school degree and vocational certificate of parents; employment of mother and of father during childhood; professional position of father during youth; age of respondent at separation of parents; living together with one parent and emotional reaction to separation of parents. Relative to the siblings of the persons interviewed the following information was obtained: detailed demographic information on siblings; siblings´ number of children; length of siblings´ belonging to parental household; professional position; detailed information on emotional relationship to siblings; assumed importance of areas of life for the individual siblings; characterization of current relationship of the siblings among one another and during childhood; feeling of discrimination compared to a sibling; sibling with greatest closeness to father and to mother currently and at the time; detailed psychological and factual characterization of family life in parental home during respondent´s time in school. Interviewer rating: number of contact attempts; presence of third persons during interview and their relationship to person interviewed; intervention of others in the interview; reliability and willingness of respondent to cooperate; length of interview; date of interview.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1988-01 / 1988-03
Geographic Coverage
  • Aachen (DE-NW-AAH)
Sampled Universe
Germans between the ages of 16 and 40 years with at most three siblings
Sampling Procedure Comment: Multi-stage stratified random sample (Random Route)
Collection Mode
  • Oral survey with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 783
    Number of Variables: 359
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA1989 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Unzner, Ulrich: Das mittlere Kind in der Geschwisterkonstellationsforschung: Analyse und pädagogische Auswertung. Aachen: Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule, Phil. Fak., Diss., 1990.

Update Metadata: 2020-10-21 | Issue Number: 87 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22

Kürthy, Tamas; Mey, H. (1991): Familienkonstellation 1987/88. Version: 1.0.0. GESIS Datenarchiv. Dataset.