AIDS and the Social Consequences (Regional Main Focus Survey, Autumn 1992)

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Eirmbter, Willy H. (Universität Trier, Abteilung Soziologie)
  • Hahn, Alois (Universität Trier, Abteilung Soziologie)
  • Jacob, Rüdiger (Universität Trier, Abteilung Soziologie)
Publication Date
  • GFM, GETAS, Hamburg (Data Collector)
  • ZUMA, Mannheim (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Medicine
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Social conditions and indicators
    • Social behaviour and attitudes
    • Health care and medical treatment
    • Childbearing, family planning and abortion
    • Specific diseases and medical conditions
    • Social stratification and groupings
  • Abstract

    Assessment of the dangers from AIDS. Attitude to the social consequences of AIDS. Topics: 1. Oral survey: degree of urbanization of place of residence; most important characteristics of an ideal residential area (scale); preference for living in a large city or in the country; composition of the immediate social surroundings and characterization according to religiousness, interest in politics and enterprise; description of the relation to the three most important persons according to frequency of contact, type of relation, spatial distance, agreement of one´s own views with these persons and acquaintance of these persons with each other; intensity and type of neighborhood contacts; general contentment with life; personal future expectation; laisser-faire or strict social norm orientation; moral orientation and importance of areas of life; withdrawal into the private area or sociability; dealing with strangers in selected situations in daily life; xenophobia (scale); general attitude to handicapped and sick persons; feeling of threat in selected situations and in public places; government or private responsibility for protection from danger and risks; readiness to take risk; government or private responsibility for the decisive things of life; smoker or non-smoker; attempt to quit smoking; personal decision or medical advice for the attempt to quit smoking; illnesses as fate or controllable through precaution; contacting a doctor with selected symptoms of illness; attitude to check-ups; regularity of participation in medical check-ups; attitude to a comprehensive explanation with serious illnesses; general assessment of the dangers in large cities in comparison to rural areas; assessment of the danger of infection with AIDS in large cities; expected jeopardy from crime in Germany to the extent of American cities; probability of personally isolating oneself in the future due to AIDS; judgement on the danger of infection of selected illnesses; adequate extent to which informed about AIDS; active or casual gathering of information on AIDS; conversation about AIDS in one´s circle of friends; perceived change of conduct of friends due to AIDS; knowledge about the danger of infection from HIV-infected people without open symptoms of illness; AIDS as threat for everyone or only for risk groups; expected increase in threat from AIDS; AIDS as threat in personal family or circle of friends; comparison of threat to health from AIDS in comparison to selected other illnesses (pair comparison); state of knowledge about the possibilities of infection from AIDS; dealing with AIDS and attributing blame to fringe groups (scale); attitude to government compulsory measures to combat AIDS, such as e.g. compulsory registration of the infected by name, compulsory tests and isolation or identification of the AIDS-infected; attitude to the AIDS-infected and feeling of threat from AIDS. 2. As a written form to be filled out the respondent answered the following: net household income; party preference; psychological self-characterization; fatalism or personal responsibility and self-confidence (scale); hesitation with assistance due to AIDS; attitude to condom use and fidelity in a partnership (scale); information on sexual conduct in the last 12 months and changing partnerships or random acquaintances; attitude to condom use in future relations with unknown partners; not using condoms only after an AIDS-Test. 3. Demography: sex; school education; school education of parents; employment; occupational position; full-time employment; marital status; living together with a partner; religious denomination; religiousness; size of household; children in the household; composition of household; possession of a telephone; free-standing residential building; type of residential building; characterization of residential surroundings and type of residential building.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1992-11 / 1992-12
Geographic Coverage
  • Cologne (DE-NW-CGN)
  • Trier (DE-RP-TRI)
  • Bavaria (DE-BY)
    districts Ansbach and Neustadt an der Aisch
Sampled Universe
The population eligible to vote
Sampling Procedure Comment: Three-stage stratified random sample
Collection Mode
  • Oral and written survey with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 2306
    Number of Variables: 316
Archived under ZA Study No. 2976 there is a representative survey in Eastern Germany and under ZA Study No. 2978 a replication in the entire FRG from 1995. Previously a survey was conducted in Western Germany in 1990 (see ZA Study No. 1905).
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA2977 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Hahn, Alois; Eirmbter, Willy H.; Jacob, Rüdiger: Krankheitsvorstellungen in Deutschland: Das Beispiel AIDS. Opladen: Westdeutscher Verlag 1996. (Studien zur Sozialwissenschaft, Band 176)
  • Jacob, Rüdiger; Eirmbter, Willy H.; Hahn, Alois; Hennes, Claudia; Lettke, Frank: Aids-Vorstellungen in Deutschland: Stabilität und Wandel. Berlin: Edition Sigma 1997. (Ergebnisse sozialwissenschaftlicher Aids-Forschung, Band 18.)

Update Metadata: 2020-10-21 | Issue Number: 88 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22