Change and Development of Forms of Family Life in West Germany (Survey of Families)

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Deutsches Jugendinstitut (DJI), München
Publication Date
  • Infratest Sozialforschung, Muenchen (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Family
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Working conditions
    • Employment
    • Family life and marriage
    • Income, property and investment/saving
    • Housing
  • Abstract

    Current partner relations and partner relation in the course of one´s life up to now. Family relations in the framework of the social network. Education and employment biography. Topics: 1. Children: number of siblings; growing up with both parents or with a single parent; divorced parents in childhood; education and occupational training of father and mother; educational goals; number of children or desire for children; detailed information on date of birth, sex, status, place of stay, school attendance, vocational training, attendance at a kindergarten and child care after school for every individual child; desired number of children; living together with a partner; living separately; right to support or personal obligations to pay; regularity of payments deposited. 2. Partner biography: steady partnership; detailed information for every partnership regarding: time of getting to know each other, start of actual partnership, start of living together in a residence, number of common children, age difference from partner, marital status and school degree of partner, differences in religious denomination and citizenship, marriage and continued existence of partner relation, time of termination of the relation. 3. Questions on social net: person to confide in; reference person; description of the persons of the social network; persons with whom regular common meals are taken and to whom emotional relations exist; persons from whom financial support is received or to whom given; leisure partner; secondary residence; sex, type of relation, distance to residence and frequency of contact with persons of one´s social surroundings; number of siblings, number of grandchildren as well as number of grandparents on the part of respondent and for spouse. 4. School, training and employment: school degree and year of school degree; occupational training; time of first taking up an occupational activity and if appropriate ending occupational activity; number of hours each week at the beginning of employment life and change in number of hours each week; detailed information on reason and time period of interruptions of employment; current employment status; search for employment; arrangement of working hours; flextime; extent of self-determination in work or working according to instructions; limited work contract; most important criteria and demands of an occupation; attitude to extent of employment of men and women in various life cycles or family stages; information on employment status, occupational position and arrangement of working hours of partner/spouse; distribution of tasks in household; employment of cleaning help; decision distribution with selected tasks in one´s family; characterization of partner relation (scale); attitude to marriage (scale); estimated weekly effort for activities for family and household; attitude to children (scale); religiousness; postmaterialism; frequency of selected leisure activities; residential status; living in a group sharing a residence; living space; number of rooms; number of children´s rooms; information on infrastructure available in one´s residential area; use of these infrastructure facilities; presence and use of facilities for children in the immediate vicinity of one´s residence; sources of income of household; rights to support for the children; regularity of payments for the child; occurrence of burdensome events and problems in the last 12 months and the stress perceived from this; looking after persons in need of care in household; family relation with this person and number of hours expended weekly for this; support with care from social services; self-assessment of condition of health; sex; age in years and months. After conclusion of the survey a questionnaire on the use of contraceptives was distributed to be filled out in writing: regular use of contraceptives; partner deciding on the use of contraceptives; reasons for non-use of contraceptives. Also encoded was: information on reasons for refusal to respond; place of interview; date of interview.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1988-08 / 1988-12
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
    FRG and West Berlin
Sampled Universe
Persons of German citizenship between the ages of 18 to 55 years living in private households
Sampling Procedure Comment: The total sample of respondents consists of three subsamples, all representing the same sampled population but produced with different sampling procedures: Subsample A: address-random with drawing of addresses from the resident registry of municipalities (net number of cases: 3011). Subsample B: random-route based on the ADM sample system (procedural variant with prescribed net) (net number of cases: 6931). Subsample C: reliability test, i.e. follow-up survey among selected persons from the quota sample of pretest 2 (net number of cases: 101). Random selection.
Collection Mode
  • Oral survey with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 10043
    Number of Variables: 674
A comparable survey in the new states is archived under ZA Study No. 2392 and the survey of families Bavaria under ZA Study No. 2393.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA2245 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • DJI (Type: FDZ)
  • Infratest Sozialforschung: Familie und Partnerbeziehungen in der Bundesrepublik (DJI-Familiensurvey). Methodenbericht zur Haupterhebung 1988. München, 1989.
  • Bertram, Hans (Hrsg.): Die Familie in Westdeutschland: Stabilität und Wandel familialer Lebensformen. Opladen: Leske und Budrich, 1991. (DJI: Familien-Survey 1)
  • Bien, Walter (Hrsg.): Eigeninteresse oder Solidarität: Beziehungen in modernen Mehrgenerationenfamilien. Opladen: Leske und Budrich, 1994. (DJI: Familien-Survey 3)

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