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Sexual Conduct of Men and Women in the Federal Republic of Germany 1991

Resource Type
  • Bundesministerium für Gesundheit, Bonn
  • BASISRESEARCH, Frankfurt/Main
Publication Date
  • BASISRESEARCH, Frankfurt/Main (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Family
  • Abstract

    Attitude to sexuality. AIDS and sexual conduct. Topics: 1. Oral part of survey: global value system (Giessen test) and attitude to sexuality; altruism; sense of responsibility; success orientation; need for harmony; meaning of life; ideas about tasks and value of the family (scale); preferred form of life; 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 sex during puberty or in youth; age and sex of first sexual 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; coooperation 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 condoms to protect against AIDS; condom use with new acquaintances; use of condoms before AIDS became known; interference of condom; influence of AIDS on the feeling of pleasure in sexuality; sex without love; 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 acquaintances; assumptions about the faithfulness or unfaithfulness of partner; frequency of practicing group sex and exchange of partners; known or unknown persons in exchange of partners and group sex; changed sex 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); insistence of the prostitutes on use of a condom. 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 partner; totals of sexual partners of same sex up to now and number of partners in the last 12 months; cooperation of partner with one´s own sexual needs; last homosexual sexual intercourse and average frequency; frequency of selected sexual practices. 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 the 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 the interviewer. Interviewer rating: reliability of respondent.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1991-05 / 1991-06
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
    FRG (only old states) incl. West Berlin
Sampled Universe
Persons between the ages of 16 - 59 years
Quota sample
Collection Mode
  • Oral survey and written survey with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 2012
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. 2234 and 2235. The survey is part of an investigation series encompassing ZA Study Nos. 2234 to 2237.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA2237 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • BASISRESEARCH: Repräsentative Untersuchung zum Sexualverhalten von Männern und Frauen in den alten Bundesländern der Bundesrepublik Deutschland. Bericht erarbeitet für das Bundesministerium für Gesundheit, Bonn 1991.

Update Metadata: 2017-12-28 | Issue Number: 75 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22

Bundesministerium für Gesundheit, Bonn; BASISRESEARCH, Frankfurt/Main (1992): Sexualverhalten von Männern und Frauen in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland 1991. Version: 1.0.0. GESIS Datenarchiv. Dataset.