Sexual Behavior of Men and Women in the Federal Republic of Germany 1988

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Bundesministerium für Jugend, Familie, Frauen und Gesundheit, Bonn
  • BASIS RESEARCH, Frankfurt/Main
Publication Date
  • BASISRESEARCH, Frankfurt/Main (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Family
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Childbearing, family planning and abortion
    • Specific diseases and medical conditions
    • Family life and marriage
  • Abstract

    Attitude to sexuality. AIDS and sexual conduct. Topics: 1. Oral part of survey: importance of various aspects for a fulfilled life; ideas about values and tasks of the family; recommendation of a form of life for an 18-year-old young person; responsibility for housekeeping; religiousness; age structure of members of household. 2. Written survey: year of marriage; firm partner relation; length of partnership; living together with a partner; reasons for partner change; self-perception and characterization of personal feelings in comparison with other persons for the areas partnership, love, openness, self-confidence, trust in others and dealing with money (scale); sex education authorities and age at sex education; sex education authority desired today; attitude to sexuality, love, sexual practices and partnership (scale); orientation to one´s own gender during puberty or in youth; age and sex of first sex partner; classification of first sexual intercourse as positive or negative experience; contraceptives used; attitude to masturbation and frequency of masturbation; current heterosexual or homosexual orientation; totals of sexual partners up to now and number of sexual partners in the last 12 months; cooperation of sexual partner with one´s own sexual needs; time of last sexual intercourse and average frequency; frequency of selected sexual practices and use of condoms (scale); sexual practices with use of condom to protect against AIDS; condom use with new aquaintances; use of condoms before AIDS became known; interference of condom; influence of AIDS on the feeling of pleasure in sexuality; love and sex; frequency of affairs; informing partner about the affair; concurrent maintenance of sexual relations with several partners without knowledge of this by the partners; frequency of sexual intercourse with fleeting aquaintances; assumptions about the faithfulness of unfaithfulness of partner; frequency of practicing group sex and exchange of partners; known or unknown persons in exchange of partners and group sex; changed sexual life due to AIDS; information on areas in which sexual conduct has changed; personal AIDS test; AIDS test together with partner; AIDS test with desire for children; knowledge about possibilities of communicating AIDS (scale); self-assessment of extent to which informed about AIDS and areas about which one would like to know more; contacts with prostitutes in the last 5 years or in the last 12 months. The following questions were also posed to respondents who had contacts with prostitutes: reasons for contact with prostitutes (scale); use of condoms on initiative of prostitute. The following questions were also posed to men or women with homosexual contacts: living together with persons of the same sex as if married and duration of this relation; reasons for change of homosexual partner; totals of sexual partners of same sex up to now and number of partners in the last 12 months; cooperation of partner in one´s own sexual needs; last homosexual sexual intercourse and average frequency; frequency of sexual practices used. The following questions were posed only to homosexual men: sexual practices only conducted with condoms; condom use with new partnerships and use of condoms before AIDS became known; interference in use of condom; sexual contact with male prostitutes in the last 12 months or last five years; frequency of these contacts; influence of AIDS on sexual conduct; frequency of use of dark rooms and homosexual saunas; pick-up sex; belonging to the leather scene; membership in a motorcycle club. The following question was also posed to women: sexual intercourse during menstruation. Also encoded was: weekday of interview; length of interview; start of interview; sex of interviewer. Interviewer rating: reliability of respondent.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1989-01 / 1989-03
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
    FRG incl. West Berlin
Sampled Universe
Persons between the ages of 16 - 59 years
Sampling Procedure Comment: Quota sample
Collection Mode
  • Oral survey and written survey with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 1990
The area of intimate questions was conducted in form of a written survey under supervision of the interviewer (form to be filled out). The envelope, sealed by the respondent, was first opened in the institute. The part of the survey addressed to homosexual respondents has been adapted for men and women in formulations but in content is the same. In particular the written part of the survey is largely identical to the surveys archived under ZA Study Nos. 2235 and 2237. The survey is part of an investigation series encompassing ZA Study Nos. 2234 to 2237.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA2234 (Type: ZA-No.)

Update Metadata: 2021-04-07 | Issue Number: 88 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22