Life in the GDR 1990

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Institut für Soziologie und Sozialpolitik an der Akademie der Wissenschaften der DDR, Berlin
Publication Date
  • Institut fuer Soziologie und Sozialpolitik an der Akademie der Wissenschaften der DDR, Berlin (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Society, Culture
  • Abstract

    Social change in the GDR at the beginning of political and economic transformation. Topics: Significance of selected areas of life such as work, partnership, education, social security, health, housing situation; extent to which informed about the system of social security, culture and leisure selection, qualification and education opportunities, healthful way of life, rights, partner relation, work, environmental protection, establishment of wages and prices, housing market, product selection; economic and political questions; general contentment with life; assessment of environmental consciousness of citizens of the GDR and satisfaction with the environment situation; personal environmentally conscious conduct; change of job in the last few months and participation in retraining; evaluation of changes at work; characteristics of employment; satisfaction with the legal system of the GDR and preferred contact with legal problems; personal participation in a legal proceeding; satisfaction with selected areas of life; expectations of family and friends of the conduct of respondent; attitudes to marriage, long-term relationships and divorces; preferred organization of leisure time; recuperation value of leisure time; personal measures to improve the situation in life as well as political participation; expected social changes in the next few years; self-assessment of condition of health; activities to promote health; desire for children; time of marriage; time of divorce or death of partner; age of children; working hours; local residency; party membership or party sympathies; honorary activities; utilization of and satisfaction with selected services; understanding of democracy (scale); readiness for political commitment; preferred division of political and social tasks between government, trade union, church and the individual; preference for personal responsibility of the citizen or government welfare; understanding for emigrants from East Germany in the Federal Republic; personal interest in moving; judgement on length of questionnaire and interest in further surveys; size of residence; residential furnishings; possession of a telephone; tenancy; amount of rent; infrastructure of immediate residential surroundings.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1990-01
Geographic Coverage
  • German Democratic Republic (1949-1990) (DDDE)
    GDR: districts Potsdam, Leipzig and Schwerin
Sampled Universe
Persons with German citizenship living in private households and 18 years old or older.
Sampling Procedure Comment: Multi-stage sample
Collection Mode
  • Written survey
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 1528
    Number of Variables: 350
Comparative studies "Life in Eastern Germany 1991", ZA Study No. 6314, "Life in Eastern Germany 1992", ZA Study No. 6346, "Life in Eastern Germany 1993", ZA Study No. 6600, "Life in Eastern Germany 1994", ZA Study No. 6601, "Life in Eastern Germany 1995", ZA Study No. 6602 and "Life in Eastern Germany 1996", ZA Study No. 6665. The cumulated data set 1990-1996 is archived under ZA Study No. 6666, the "Women Report - Brandenburg (1991)" under ZA Study No. 6315.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA6873 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Häder, M. (Hrsg.): Denken und Handeln in der Krise. Die DDR nach der "Wende". Ergebnisse einer empirisch-soziologischen Studie. Berlin 1991.
  • Winkler, G. (Hrsg.): Sozialreport 1990. Daten und Fakten zur sozialen Lage. Berlin 1990.
  • Winkler, G. (Hrsg.): Frauenreport´90. Berlin 1990.

Update Metadata: 2021-04-07 | Issue Number: 89 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22