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Courses of Life and Social Change: Courses of Life and Welfare Development (Life History Study LV-West I)

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Mayer, Karl U. (Max-Planck-Institut für Bildungsforschung, Berlin)
Publication Date
  • GETAS, Bremen (Data Collector)
  • GESIS (Distributor)
  • GESIS (Hosting Institution)
  • ZA:
    • Society, Culture
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Labour and employment
    • Education
    • Social conditions and indicators
    • Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
    • Social stratification and groupings
    • Family life and marriage
    • Housing
Free Keywords
Schema: TheSoz
social background; school education; course of education; job history; partnership; number of children; political attitude; social relations
  • Abstract

    Detailed information and judgements on courses of life in the areas family, education and employment. Topics: 1. Family origin of target person: social origin; information on natural mother, natural father or stepparents and foster parents as well as on siblings; information on courses of life of siblings. 2. Residential history and places of stay: residence description and reasons for change; supplemental questions on household structure and mobility. 3. School and occupational training biography: school and occupational training; political education. 4. Employment history, occupation and work life: positions and activities of employment life; times of no contribution to retirement program; gaps in employment; side jobs; occupational further education; work efforts; war service; occupational reintegration after the war; honorary activity; hobbies; illness history. 5. Personal family: marriage biography; partner situation; information on earlier spouse; information on current spouse or companion through life; information on children. 6. Economic situation: assets; income; pension situation. 7. Politics and religion: biography of personal behavior at the polls; behavior at the polls of parents; interest in politics in parental home; religious upbringing, leaving the church and religious affiliation. 8. Present activities, interests and needs. 9. Also encoded were: number of contact attempts; number and length of presence of other persons during interview; intervention of other persons in the course of the interview; reliability of respondent answers; length of interview; date of interview; identification of interviewer.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1981-10 / 1983-01
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
    FRG incl. West Berlin
Sampled Universe
Persons in three cohorts defined at the start as the years of birth 1929 to 1931, 1939 to 1941 and 1949 to 1951
Probability: Multistage; Sampling Procedure Comment: Multi-stage stratified random sample
Time Dimension
  • Longitudinal
Collection Mode
  • Face-to-face interview: PAPI
  • Oral survey with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 2171
The data set is part of an extensive project in which work was done with different cohorts, survey instruments and sampled populations. The data sets are archived under ZA Study Nos. 2644 to 2648.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA2645 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • 1 (Type: VerbundFDB)
  • Is new version of
    DOI: 10.4232/1.2645
  • Mayer, Karl Ulrich; Brückner, Erika: Lebensverläufe und Wohlfahrtsentwicklung: Konzeption, Design und Methodik der Erhebung von Lebensverläufen der Geburtsjahrgänge 1929-1931, 1939-1941, 1949-1951, Teil I bis III. Berlin: Max-Planck-Institut für Bildungsforschung 1989. (Materialien aus der Bildungsforschung Nr. 35) siehe: udie/lv_west_I.htm

Update Metadata: 2020-10-21 | Issue Number: 16 | Registration Date: 2018-12-04

Mayer, Karl U. (2018): Lebensverläufe und gesellschaftlicher Wandel: Lebensverläufe und Wohlfahrtsentwicklung (Lebensverlaufsstudie LV-West I). Version: 1.1.0. GESIS Datenarchiv. Dataset.