Scientific Use File German Ageing Survey (SUF DEAS) 1996, Version 3.0

Resource Type
  • Dittmann-Kohli, Freya (University of Nijmegen)
  • Kohli, Martin (Free University Berlin)
Publication Date
Publication Place
  • Project Team German Ageing Survey (Research Group)
  • German Centre of Gerontology
Funding Reference
  • Bundesministerium für Familie, Senioren, Frauen und Jugend
  • GESIS:
    • Sociology
    • Psychology
    • Gerontology, Sociology of Aging
    • Political Economy
    • Business Administration
  • DZA Scheme:
    • Soziology
    • Psychology
    • Gerontology
    • Economics
Controlled Keywords
  • TheSozWiss:
    • old age
    • elderly worker
    • family
    • Intergenerational relations
    • social network
    • retirement
    • health
    • residential behavior
    • grandparents
    • value
Free Keywords
Age; aging; family; intergenerational relationships; social networks; older workers; retirement; health; housing; grandparenthood; values; images of old age; loneliness; age discrimination; participation; care; caring relatives; living conditions; employment; life satisfaction; well-being; social inequality; social Change; adulthood; social support; longitudinal study; panel; financial situation; old age; cohort; volunteering; volunteering; leisure activities; poverty; retirement; life events
  • Abstract

    The German Ageing Survey (DEAS) is a longitudinal survey for the analysis of life situations and biographies of people in the second half of their lives. The data is based on nationally representative surveying (cross-sectional and longitudinal) of some thousand participants from the age of 40 onwards.

    Up to now data of the DEAS have been collected in 1996, 2002, 2008, 2011 and 2014. In 2002, 2008, 2011 and 2014, previous participants have been re-surveyed (panel).

    In 1996 as in the following survey years, the following topics
    have been conducted:

    •         Occupational Biography, Work and Retirement
    •         Social Participation and Voluntary Work
    •         Partnership, Family and Intergenerational Relations
    •         Household and Social Network
    •         Living Arrangements and Mobility
    •         Economic Status and Saving
    •         Social and Financial Support
    •         Quality of Life and Well-Being
    •         Health and Health-Related Behaviour
    •         Help and Care-Dependency
    •         Attitudes, Norms, Values and Images of Old Age 
Temporal Coverage
  • 1996-01-01 / 1996-07-31
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)

Base Sample (n=4838): Disproportionally stratified population register sampling according to age (40-54, 55-69, 70-85 years old), sex and geographical location (East/West) of the German population living in private households.

Collection Mode
  • -Personal interview (PAPI)

  • - drop-off questionnaire

  • Self-administered questionnaire: Paper
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 4838
    Number of Variables: 1328
    Type of Data: SPSS and Stata
further survey years: 2002, 2008, 2011, 2014, 2017 and 2020
Not available
This version of the SUF is not available anymore. The current version is registered as DOI 10.5156/DEAS.1996.M.005.
Rights of use are held by the German Centre of Gerontology (DZA), Berlin.
  • Is documented by
    DOI: 10.5156/DEAS.1996.D.005

Update Metadata: 2021-04-29 | Issue Number: 44 | Registration Date: 2016-09-23