Eastern Germany - Life Situations and Social Structures 1990

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Berliner Institut für Sozialwissenschaftliche Studien (BISS)
Publication Date
  • Concret, Berlin (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Society, Culture
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Labour relations/conflict
    • Employment
    • Community, urban and rural life
    • Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
    • Economic conditions and indicators
    • Housing
  • Abstract

    Changes of social structures and life situations in the process of German-German unification. Topics: Employment; length of personal unemployment; form of property of employing company; change of job and reasons for this; economy branch in which occupational activity is exercised; social position before and after November 1990 (self-classification according to GDR social structure); industry branch to which the employing company belongs; number of subordinate employees (self-employed); characteristics of employment; assessment of standing of occupational groups and of one's own occupation; intended actions given jeopardy to job; territorial room for action for this; management function; management level; membership in trade unions; functions in trade union or other committees; personal shift work and that of partner; preferred party for political representation of interests (scale); membership in parties and organizations; functions in parties; political participation; intended change of place of residence; moving of friends to the FRG: point in time, contacts still existing, assessment of their situation; change of living conditions in the areas work, income, education and qualification, housing, environment, children, social security, leisure time, health since November 1990 (scale); development of interhuman relations; satisfaction in individual areas of life (scale); expected changes of living conditions (scale); possible activities to improve living conditions (scale); change of personal freedom, of interest in politics, of future optimism, of social activity, of pride in what one has achieved in life, of family orientation; general satisfaction, agreement with current development; concern about environment, peace, developing countries, general economic situation of GDR, drugs, AIDS, crime, radicalization, social security, job security, equal rights for women, dealing with foreigners; assessment "40 years GDR"; environmental pollution in residential area; tenancy; form of property of residence and its effects on further remaining in residence; residential furnishings; telephone; amount of rent as well as its proportion in net household income; health disturbance; handicapped members of household; religiousness.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1990-06
Geographic Coverage
  • German Democratic Republic (1949-1990) (DDDE)
    Eastern Germany
Sampled Universe
Persons over 18 years with German citizenship.
Sampling Procedure Comment: Multi-stage stratified random sample
Collection Mode
  • Oral survey with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 1305
    Number of Variables: 276
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA6344 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Kretzschmar, A.; Lindig, D.: Methodenbericht zur Untersuchung: Ostdeutschland: Lebenslagen und soziale Strukturen im Umbruch: Studie. Berlin: 1990. GESIS-Außenstelle, Bereich Zentralarchiv: FOB-2007.

Update Metadata: 2021-04-07 | Issue Number: 88 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22