Welfare Survey 1990 - East

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Zapf, Wolfgang (Arbeitsgruppe Sozialberichterstattung des Wissenschaftszentrums (WZB), Berlin)
  • Noll, Heinz-Herbert (ZUMA, Mannheim)
  • Zentralinstitut für Jugendforschung (ZIJ), Leipzig
Publication Date
  • Zentralinstitut fuer Jugendforschung (ZIJ), Leipzig (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Society, Culture
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Employment
    • Religion and values
    • Social conditions and indicators
    • Specific diseases and medical conditions
    • Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
    • Social stratification and groupings
    • Family life and marriage
    • Housing
  • Abstract

    Actual living conditions and quality of life as subjectively felt by the population in Eastern Germany. 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); amount of rent and satisfaction with rent; perceived differences of opinion between social conflict groups; assumed time until achievement of living conditions equivalent to the western standard; satisfaction with public safety and environmental protection; perceived stress through environmental pollution in the residential surroundings; concern about selected environmental problems in Eastern Germany; attitude to abortion and aid to those wanting to die; satisfaction with care and the fulfillment of selected societal and social tasks at the time of the GDR; feelings of loneliness; pleasure at work; feelings of powerlessness; perceived obligation to incorrect behavior; feeling of happiness; extent of leisure time and satisfaction with leisure time; living life together with a partner; marital satisfaction or satisfaction in the partnership; satisfaction with division of labor in household; contact opportunities with other people; size of circle of friends; frequency of contact with best friend. 2. Reasons for unemployment; unemployment duration and perceived possibilities to find a suitable job; last full-time employment; employment in occupation learned; employment in the civil service; short time work; monthly gross income of respondent and monthly net income of the entire household; importance of job characteristics and job satisfaction (scales); importance of areas of life; perceived over- or under-qualification at work; work orientation; fear of loss of job and probability of finding a position of equivalent value; frequency of unemployment in the last 12 months; judgement on financial security in case of unemployment; satisfaction with social security; satisfaction with income and satisfaction with standard of living (scale). 3. Satisfaction with personal condition of health (scale); visits to the doctor; use of medication; life and occupation reorganization due to illness or disability; physical and psychological constitution as well as self-determination or heteronomy (scales). 4. Religiousness; interest in politics; satisfaction with democracy; party preference; party inclination; importance of selected areas of life for one´s well-being and general satisfaction (scale); contentment with life in comparison over time; pessimistic or optimistic expectations regarding the developments of selected areas of life; optimism for the personal future. 5. Satisfaction with personal education; self-assessment of social class; union membership, party membership and membership in a citizen initiative or club; size of household. Also encoded was: reliability and willingness of respondent to cooperate; presence of others and their interventions in interview; presence of the other person at initiative of respondent; initiative to interventions in interview at wish of respondent; interruptions of interview; city size and degree of urbanization.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1990-10 / 1990-12
Geographic Coverage
  • new states
Sampled Universe
the population eligible to vote living in private households
Sampling Procedure Comment: On the first stage a random selection from the whole of the population eligible to vote from the central resident registry. Determination of survey household through attached random route procedure.
Collection Mode
  • Oral survey with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 735
    Number of Variables: 227
The survey contains a series of question formulations taken over from earlier welfare surveys. The welfare surveys for the years 1987, 1980, 1984 and 1988 are archived under ZA Study Nos. 1141, 1142, 1339 and 1839.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA2121 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Landua, Detlef: Methodenbericht zum Wohlfahrtssurvey 1990-Ost. Berlin: AG Sozialberichterstattung Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung (WZB), 1991.

Update Metadata: 2021-04-07 | Issue Number: 87 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22