Caritas - Poverty Investigation

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Hauser, Richard (Universität Frankfurt, Fachbereich Wirtschaftswissenschaften)
Publication Date
  • Deutscher Caritasverband, Freiburg (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Income
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Unemployment
    • Employment
    • Social conditions and indicators
    • Specific social services: use and provision
    • Income, property and investment/saving
    • Economic conditions and indicators
    • Housing
  • Abstract

    Situations in life and impact of poverty on clients of the German Caritas. Topics: 1. Survey of visitor to Caritas: initiator of visit to Caritas facility; distance between Caritas facility and place of residence; time of first visit to facility; information on person and housing situation; residential status; rent costs; additional costs; payer of rent costs; frequency of late rent payments; residential furnishings; size of residence; amount of housing benefit or rent subsidy; living in communal housing or homes; primary type of income; money available after deduction of housing and care costs; information on income situation, assets situation and financial burdens; debts; circumstances that can lead to special financial burdens; economic situation of parental home during childhood and youth; social origins; school and occupational training; current unemployment; regional mobility, possible concessions and personal initiative to find a job; offers and measures of the employment office; most important measure to improve occupational possibilities; frequency of offer of new jobs; receipt of earnings-related unemployment benefit or unemployment benefit; description of occupational situation before loss or giving up last full-time job; intent to take up employment in the near future; occupation and employment biography; frequency of change of job; entire duration of unemployment; unemployment of other persons in household; for single-parents person providing care; extent of support payments to household; arrears in support payments; time required until first payment of support due; reason for arrears in support payments; current judicial procedure to ascertain fatherhood or right to support payments; receipt of support advances; extent of support advances; conduct when right to support advance runs out; perceived relief from support advance; welfare receipt; length and extent of welfare; further welfare recipients in household; rejected applications for one-time payment for clothing or household equipment; protest against the rejection; judgement on economic situation before receipt of help for cost of living; major reasons for welfare receipt; receipt of personal help from the social services office; major reasons for termination of receipt of welfare; most important social contacts to get away from welfare; knowledge about the right to welfare; most important reasons to forego the right to welfare; experience with welfare, with authorities; judgement on contact with authorities (scale); presence of health insurance as well as retirement insurance; size of circle of relatives; classification of economic conditions of relatives, friends as well as neighbors and classification of relation with these groups of persons; financial and personal difficulties in the last year and persons or institutions that helped through financial support as well as personal advice; characterization of psychological and somatic condition of health; change of occupation due to illness or disability; satisfaction in selected areas of life, such as e.g. health, income, housing, family life, church and Caritas (scale); general contentment with life (scale); experiences with Caritas; improvement desires and requirements of Caritas; future expectation. 2. Statement of Caritas worker about client: person accompanying client on visit to Caritas and entire contact time with client in the last year; average time per visit; type of city; nationality and legal status of client; length of residence in Western Germany; characterization of special situation of client; disability or need of care of client; problem profile of client; help provided for client by Caritas facility; support of client with conflicts with authorities and conflicts with private individuals; sending on to authorities and placing in communal housing; willingness of client to cooperate in oral survey and classification of reliability of responses.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1991-04 / 1991-05
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
Sampled Universe
Sample of clients 16 years old and older who during the investigation time interval personally came to Caritas facilities of so-called open help (health help, youth help, family help, old people help, handicapped help and misc. help)
Sampling Procedure Comment:
Collection Mode
  • Oral survey with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 3278
    Number of Variables: 395
Besides a survey of those seeking help (clients) with Caritas, conducted orally by a Caritas worker, there was also a form to be filled out by the Caritas worker, who due to problem and file knowledge could refer to the client interviewed. The data in both parts of the survey are assigned to each other.
A - Data and documents are released for academic research and teaching.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA2844 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Hauser, Richard; Hübinger, Werner: Arme unter uns: Teil 1: Ergebnisse und Konsequenzen der Caritas-Armutsuntersuchung. Arme unter uns: Teil 2: Dokumentation der Erhebungsmethoden und der Instrumente der Caritas-Armutsuntersuchung. Freiburg: Lambertus Verlag 1993. (Herausgegeben vom Caritasverband e.V.)

Update Metadata: 2021-04-07 | Issue Number: 94 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22