Eurobarometer 51.0: The Elderly and Domestic Violence, March-May 1999

Resource Type
Dataset : survey data
  • Melich, Anna (European Commission)
Other Title
  • Version 1 (Subtitle)
Collective Title
  • Eurobarometer Survey Series
Publication Date
Free Keywords
age discrimination; attitudes; attitudes toward aging; domestic violence; economic integration; European unification; European Union; family violence; life satisfaction; long term care; older adults; older workers; political influence; public opinion; quality of life; retirement; social change
  • Abstract

    This round of Eurobarometer surveys queried respondents on standard Eurobarometer measures, such as whether they attempted to persuade others close to them to share their views on subjects they held strong opinions about, whether they discussed political matters, and what the goals of the European Union (EU) should be. Additional questions focused on the respondents' knowledge of and opinions on the EU, including how well-informed they felt about the EU, what sources of information about the EU they used, and whether their country had benefited from being an EU member. Another major focus of the surveys was elderly people and domestic violence. Respondents were asked whether retired people should be permitted to take paid employment and whether the government should introduce laws to try to stop age discrimination. Respondents were also queried as to whether they had extra family responsibilities involving looking after someone with a long-term illness or someone who was handicapped or elderly, and who respondents thought was in the best position to decide on the most appropriate services for elderly people needing long-term aid. The survey also explored violence against children and young people under age 18 as well as against women. Those queried were asked if they had heard of violence against women and children and what they believed constituted domestic violence against women and children. Given a situation in which a woman or child was a victim of violence, respondents were asked who might be the most likely perpetrator and what might be a general cause of violence against women and children. Respondents also commented on whether certain institutions and organizations should help victimized women and children, and ways that violence against women and children can be combatted. Demographic and other background information provided includes the respondent's age, gender, marital status, and left-right political self-placement, as well as household income, number of people residing in the home, occupation, religion, and region of residence.
  • Table of Contents


    • DS1: Dataset
Temporal Coverage
  • 1999-03 / 1999-05
    Time period: 1999-03--1999-05
  • 1999-03 / 1999-05
    Collection date: 1999-03--1999-05
Geographic Coverage
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Denmark
  • Europe
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Luxembourg
  • Netherlands
  • Portugal
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • United Kingdom
  • Global
Sampled Universe
Citizens of the EU aged 15 and over residing in the 15 EU member countries: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.
Multistage national probability samples.
Collection Mode
  • face-to-face interview

    (1) The files included with this collection derive from the data producer, INRA (International Research Associates) (Europe), and have been further processed by the Zentralarchiv (ZA). (2) Starting with Eurobarometer 34 and up to survey 61, NUTS 1 level data (REGION II) for the NETHERLANDS are not (re-)coded in accordance with the official EUROSTAT nomenclature of territorial unit statistics. The NUTS 2 level province ZEELAND should be coded as belonging to NUTS 1 region (landsdel) WEST instead of SOUTH Netherlands. (ZA editions will be corrected from EB 53 onwards, November 11, 2005) (3) The SPSS, SAS, and Stata setup files for this collection contain characters with diacritical marks used in many European languages. (4) D8/V454-V455: For 31 respondents the indicated age "WHEN STOPPED FULL-TIME EDUCATION" was too high for their actual age (D11/V457). These cases were recoded to '0' (QA) in V454 and V455. Fifteen missing cases which are coded '2' in D15A/V462 have been recoded to '98' in V454 and '10' in V455 (STILL STUDYING). (5) D29 INCOME HH QUARTILES: Please notice that the income quartiles are produced for comparison purposes and are retained as provided by the principal investigator. They are based on the country specific categorized income question.

2007-01-26 The data for this study have undergone further processing completed by the Zentralarchiv (ZA). This study has been updated to include the full ICPSR product suite including SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files in addition to SAS transport (XPORT), SPSS portable, and Stata system files.2005-11-04 On 2005-03-14 new files were added to one or more datasets. These files included additional setup files as well as one or more of the following: SAS program, SAS transport, SPSS portable, and Stata system files. The metadata record was revised 2005-11-04 to reflect these additions.2001-06-29 Data for all previously-embargoed variables are now available. Updated data for variables D8 and D11 have also been included.
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