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Religiousness and Social Networks

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Friedrichs, Jürgen (Forschungsinstitut für Soziologie, Universität zu Köln)
  • Wolf, Christof (Forschungsinstitut für Soziologie, Universität zu Köln)
  • Kecskes, Robert (Forschungsinstitut für Soziologie, Universität zu Köln)
Publication Date
  • Forschungsinstitut fuer Soziologie, Universitaet zu Koeln (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Religion and "Weltanschauung"
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Religion and values
    • Social stratification and groupings
    • Housing
  • Abstract

    Christian religiousness, social relations and networks. Topics: 1. Contact protocol: recording of information on up to 12 contact attempts regarding contact mode, contact result, reaching target person or another person as well as reason for refusal; time, date and identification of interviewer; size of household; year of birth, sex and degree of relationship with respondent. 2. Housing and satisfaction: date of moving in; residential status; manner of arranging residence; length of residence; positive and negative aspects of the residential area; satisfaction with housing situation in the part of town; selected aspects of satisfaction with housing in the part of town (scale); general contentment with life; feeling of loneliness. 3. Social net: person to confide in; persons for whom the respondent was a person to confide in; persons receiving and providing assistance; contact persons in leisure time; specification of age, sex, religious denomination, religiousness, marital status, type of household, education level, employment status, professional position, degree of relationship, place of meeting, frequency of telephone contact, frequency of personal contact, living in the part of town and personal closeness to persons of the social surroundings; judgement on the relations of the persons named among each other. 4. Belief and religion: scales of religious belief, religious experience, religious knowledge, religious practice and Christian rituals; frequency of church attendance; partner in church attendance; participation in Communion, Sacrament and church events; tie to church parish; participation in elections; reading of parish letters; baptism of children; reading the Bible; self-assessment of religiousness; belief in God; frequency of prayer; desire for church funeral; church wedding; religious affiliation; car possession; possession of a telephone. Also encoded were: presence of third persons during interview and their degree of relationship to the respondent; intervention of other persons in the interview; disturbances or interruptions of interview by radio, television or telephone; willingness of respondent to cooperate; problems with certain questions; peculiarities during the course of the interview; identification of interviewer.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1993-01 / 1993-04
    1st phase from 5.1.93 until 17.2.93 2nd phase from 11.3.93 until 7.4.93
Geographic Coverage
  • Cologne (DE-NW-CGN)
Sampled Universe
Germans belonging to either the Roman Catholic or the Protestant church or to no church at all
Sampling Procedure Comment: Over-sample stratified random sample according to religious denomination
Collection Mode
  • Oral survey with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 692
    Number of Variables: 180
The survey was conducted in Cologne, in part of town Riehl. 211 Roman Catholics, 206 Protestants, and 275 respondents of other religious denominations were interviewed. Besides the survey contents described above, further data sets are also available, in which among others, the complete contact protocols are contained. The data set with the contact protocols contains information on 1472 contact persons (entire gross sample), who were spoken with in 4244 contacts.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA2667 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Kecskes, Robert; Wolf, Christof: Konfession, Religion und soziale Netzwerke: Zur Bedeutung christlicher Religiosität in personalen Beziehungen. Opladen: Leske + Budrich 1996.

Update Metadata: 2020-10-21 | Issue Number: 86 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22

Friedrichs, Jürgen; Wolf, Christof; Kecskes, Robert (1993): Religiosität und soziale Netzwerke. Version: 1.0.0. GESIS Datenarchiv. Dataset.