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Concepts of AIDS in Germany: Stability and Change

Resource Type
  • Eirmbter, Willy H. (Universität Trier, Abteilung Soziologie)
  • Hahn, Alois (Universität Trier, Abteilung Soziologie)
  • Jacob, Rüdiger (Universität Trier, Abteilung Soziologie)
  • Lettke, Frank (Universität Trier, Abteilung Soziologie)
Publication Date
  • GFM, GETAS, Hamburg (Data Collector)
  • ZUMA, Mannheim (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Medicine
  • Abstract

    Assessment of the dangers from AIDS. Attitude to the social consequences of AIDS. Topics: 1. As oral survey: general assessment of the dangers and temptations for young people in large cities; assessment of the danger of AIDS infection in large cities; expected jeopardy from crime in Germany to the extent of American cities; probability of personally isolating oneself in future due to AIDS; assessment of the degree of infection of selected illnesses; attitude to handicapped and sick persons; importance and consciousness of the dangers from AIDS; assumed effectiveness of possibilities of protection against AIDS; perceived threat to personal circle of friends and family from selected illnesses; perceived threat from technical developments such as nuclear energy, gene technology as well as from the ozone hole and environmental pollution; attitude to AIDS and the AIDS-infected as well as attributing blame to the primary risk groups; satisfaction with the German public health system; earning money or helping as primary motive among those active in the public health system; risk of HIV infection in the hospital; self-assessment of the certainty with which one would recognize someone infected with HIV; trust in the public health system and especially in blood preparations and blood transfusions after the so-called blood scandal in which AIDS-infected blood preparations came into use; influence of AIDS on daily behavior with people as well as feeling of safety; dealing with the AIDS-infected or isolation; state of knowledge about possibilities of infection with AIDS; active or casual gathering of information on AIDS; tolerance or isolation of the AIDS-infected (scale); compulsory measures or education as promising measures against AIDS; attitude to selected measures to combat AIDS (scale); willingness to help regarding AIDS-infected people; preference for protection of privacy of AIDS patients or protection of the healthy at the cost of those infected with AIDS; trust in statements of science regarding the familiar paths of infection of AIDS; general assessment of the AIDS problem for the respondent; thoughts of AIDS infection with intimate contacts with random acquaintances; use of condom; attitude to use of condom with future relations with unknown partners; not using a condom only after an AIDS test. 2. As a written form to be filled out the respondent answered the following: psychological self-characterization: fatalism or personal responsibility (scale); attitude to condom use and fidelity in a partnership; information on sexual conduct in the last 12 months with changing partners and random acquaintances. 3. Demography: sex; month of birth; year of birth; school education; age at leaving the school providing all-round education; vocational training; full-time employment; occupational position; employment in the civil service; marital status; living together with a partner; self-assessment of social class; religious denomination; religiousness; election participation at the last Federal Parliament election and second vote; party preference (Sunday question); size of household; composition of household; net income; number of person contributing to household income; number of employed in household and total household income; origins from the GDR or the old Federal Republic; possession of a telephone.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1995-05 / 1995-07
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
Sampled Universe
The adult German residential population in private households
Multi-stage stratified random sample (ADM mastersample)
Collection Mode
  • Oral and written survey with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 3156
    Number of Variables: 208
For the old and new states two separate samples were drawn. The survey is part of an omnibus survey in the ZUMA-Bus. Archived under ZA Study No. 2977 is a regional main focus survey and in ZA Study No. 2976 a representative survey in Eastern Germany from 1991. Previously a survey was conducted in Western Germany in 1990 (see ZA Study No. 1905).
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA2978 (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: 2017-12-28 | Issue Number: 76 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22

Eirmbter, Willy H.; Hahn, Alois; Jacob, Rüdiger; Lettke, Frank (1997): AIDS-Vorstellungen in Deutschland: Stabilität und Wandel. Version: 1.0.0. GESIS Datenarchiv. Dataset.