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1990 Bases for Action of the Federal Center for Health Education

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Bundeszentrale für gesundheitliche Aufklärung (BZgA), Köln
Publication Date
  • GFM-GETAS, Hamburg (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Medicine
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Employment
    • Drug abuse, alcohol and smoking
    • Nutrition
    • Health care and medical treatment
    • Specific diseases and medical conditions
  • Abstract

    Characterization of job situation. Use of drugs and semi-luxury foods,tobacco and alcohol. Eating habits and condition of health. Topics: 1. Work: detailed information on training and occupational activity; time worked each week; overtime; side jobs; work orientation; type of physical burdens at work; frequency of personal work accidents with severe injuries; change of job and change of employer for health reasons; frequency and length of personal unemployment in the last 10 years; characterization of psychological and health stress at work; effects of stress at work on private life; pressure of time and difficulties with superiors; smoking and use of alcohol at work. 2. Housework: extent of housework on weekdays, Saturdays and Sundays; persons handicapped or in need of care in household; position of women in family and professional life (scale); attitude to housework (scale). 3. Family and leisure time: judgement on personal family life (scale); contacts with advice centers; most important burdens and problems (scale); satisfaction with leisure time; personal friend or person to confide in. 4. Nutrition: eating under pressure of time or calmly; health-conscious eating habits; diet; participation in courses with the goal of loosing weight; short-term or lasting success in weight control; weight and shoe size. 5. Use of tobacco products: smoking habits; age at start of use of tobacco products; number of cigarettes smoked daily; cigarettes strength and preference of filter cigarettes; use of tobacco conditional on situation or specification of occasions of doing without; number of attempts to quit smoking or cut down; length and frequency of such attempts to do without; current desire to quit smoking; interest in courses for smokers to break the habit; number of smokers in household; stays in smoke-filled rooms; perceived irritation from heavy tobacco use. The following questions were posed to persons who had successfully quit smoking: time period since quitting smoking; manner of quitting smoking; most important reasons for ending use of tobacco; average use of cigarettes as smoker; attempts to motivate others to do without tobacco; persons to whom it was suggested that they quit smoking, and type of reactions or type of resulting abstention. 6. Use of alcohol: frequency and extent of use of alcohol, differentiated according to use of beer, champagne or wine as well as spirits; effects of alcohol (scale). 7. Use of drugs: knowledge of selected drugs and knowledge about the general frequency of use of these drugs; assessment of the prevalence of drugs where one lives and assessment of future development; drug addicts in one´s circle of friends; fear of contact with drugs among close persons; fears relative to one´s own children; perceived concerns that close persons could have contact with drugs; assessment of physical and psychological dangers from use of hashish, heroin and cocaine; information conduct regarding the effects of drugs; self-assessment of extent to which informed about the effects of use of drugs; supported and unsupported familiarity of the information pamphlet ´Drogen´ {drugs}; degree of familiarity of the advertising slogan ´Keine Macht den Drogen´ {No power for drugs} and specifcation of the advertising medium in which this quotation was noticed; conversation partner about effects of the use of drugs. In the form of a questionnaire to be filled out by the respondent information on the following topics was obtained: specification of use of hashish and cocaine by the three best friends; type of drugs used oneself; last use of drugs; interest in trying out drugs. 8. Health: self-assessment of condition of health; perceived burden from stress or occupation; detailed recording of selected illnesses and complaints in the course of the last three months (questionnaire to be filled out by the respondent); self-characterization of feelings of personal responsibility and self-determination as well as latent fear and depressions (scales in the questionnaire to be filled out by the respondent); frequency of visits to the doctor and hospital stays in the last few months; preference for self-diagnosis or consultation of medical experts; general judgement on the ability of today´s medicine to solve health problems; attitude to medical check-ups and one´s own weight; overweight as caused by the person affected; use of tranquilizers; assessment of the danger of smoking; use of medication to increase ability; self-treatment or use of medication on doctor´s orders; perceived jeopardy to health from environmental pollution and dangers from food. 9. Determination through questionnaire to be filled out by the respondent among persons between the ages of 16 to 65 years: perceived security with protection against AIDS; concern for personal infection or infection in one´s circle of friends and relatives; behavioral changes from AIDS; classification of situations regarding their danger of AIDS infection; expectation of an intimate partner in the next few months; several intimate partners in the last year; individual probability of infection with AIDS from sexual intercourse; contraceptive method used by respondent or partner; interviewer rating whether the interview at this point in time was conducted alone or in the presence of other persons with possible interventions in the interview. 10. Participation in cancer check-ups; type of health-promoting athletic and nutritional activities; detailed information on medications used in the last three months; number of medications used at the same time; pain-killers, anti-depressants, tranquilizers or stimulants taken during and before working hours. 11. Living together with a partner; year of marriage; professional position and time worked each week of spouse; times of unemployment of spouse; year of death of spouse or year of divorce; information on composition, age structure and income conditions in household; month of birth; year of birth; possession of a telephone. Those not working were also asked: intent to take up employment.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1990-11
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
Sampled Universe
The national population 14 years old and older
Sampling Procedure Comment: Multi-stage stratified random sample
Collection Mode
  • Oral survey with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 2155
    Number of Variables: 536
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA2145 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • BZgA (Type: FDZ)

Update Metadata: 2020-10-21 | Issue Number: 89 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22

Bundeszentrale für gesundheitliche Aufklärung (BZgA), Köln (1992): Aktionsgrundlagen der Bundeszentrale für gesundheitliche Aufklärung 1990. Version: 1.0.0. GESIS Datenarchiv. Dataset.