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Courses of Life and Social Change: The Between-the-War Cohort in Transition to Retirement (Life History Study LV-West II A - Personal Interview)

Resource Type
  • Mayer, Karl U. (Max-Planck-Institut für Bildungsforschung, Berlin)
Publication Date
  • GETAS, Bremen (Data Collector)
  • Max-Planck-Institut fuer Bildungsforschung, Berlin (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Society, Culture
  • Abstract

    Detailed information and judgements on courses of life in the areas family, education and employment. Topics: 1. Family origin of target person: social origin; information on natural mother, natural father or stepparents and foster parents as well as on siblings; information on courses of life of siblings. 2. Residential history and places of stay: residence description and reasons for change; supplemental questions on household structure and mobility. 3. School and occupational training biography: school and occupational training; political education. 4. Employment history, occupation and work life: positions and activities of employment life; times of no contribution to retirement program; gaps in employment; side jobs; occupational further education; work efforts; memberships; war service; occupational reintegration after the war; honorary activity; hobbies; illness history. 5. Personal family: marriage biography; partner situation; information on former spouse; information on current spouse or companion through life; information on children. 6. Economic situation: assets; income; pension situation. $7. Politics and religion: biography of personal behavior at the polls; behavior at the polls of parents; interest in politics in parental home; religious upbringing, leaving the church and religious affiliation. 8. present activities, interests and needs. 9. Also encoded were: number of contact attempts; number and length of presence of other persons during interview; intervention of other persons in the course of the interview; reliability of respondent answers; length of interview; date of interview; identification of interviewer.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1985-08 / 1986
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
    FRG incl. West Berlin
Sampled Universe
German citizens from a cohort defined at the start as the years of birth 1919 to 1921.
Multi-stage stratified random sample. Sample of target persons from household pre-surveys according to ADM mastersample
Collection Mode
  • Oral survey with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 407
The data set is part of an extensive project in which work was done with different cohorts, survey instruments and sampled populations. The data sets are archived under ZA Study Nos. 2644 to 2648. See also the survey of the same cohort archived under ZA Study No. 2647.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA2646 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Brückner, Erika: Lebensverläufe und gesellschaftlicher Wandel: Konzeption, Design und Methodik der Erhebung von Lebensverläufen der Geburtsjahrgänge 1919-1921, Teil I bis V. Berlin: Max-Planck-Institut für Bildungsforschung 1993. (Materialien aus der Bildungsforschung Nr. 44) siehe: udie/lv_west_II.htm

Update Metadata: 2017-12-28 | Issue Number: 78 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22

Mayer, Karl U. (1995): Lebensverläufe und gesellschaftlicher Wandel: Die Zwischenkriegskohorte im Übergang zum Ruhestand (Lebensverlaufsstudie LV-West II A - Persönliche Befragung). Version: 1.0.0. GESIS Datenarchiv. Dataset.