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Change and Development of Ways of Family Life - 2nd Wave (Survey of Families)

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Deutsches Jugendinstitut (DJI), München
Publication Date
  • Infratest Burke Sozialforschung, Muenchen (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Family
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Employment
    • Social conditions and indicators
    • Social stratification and groupings
    • Family life and marriage
    • Income, property and investment/saving
    • Housing
  • Abstract

    Current situation in life and ways of life. Social relations and courses of life. Topics: 1. Children: number of siblings; position in sibling sequence; sex of siblings; growing up with both parents or with single-parent; divorce or other reasons for separation of parents; social origins; educational goals; detailed information for every child on date of birth, sex, status, place of stay, school attendance, attendance at a kindergarten, vocational training and child care after school; desired number of children; living together with a partner; living separately; year of separation; right to support or personal obligation to pay; regularity of payments deposited. 2. Partner biography: steady partnership; detailed information for every partnership regarding: time of getting to know each other, start of actual partnership, start of living together in a residence, number of common children, age difference of partners, original marital status and school degree of partner, differences in nationality, date of marriage and continued existence of partner relation as well as point in time and manner of termination of the relation; difficulties in the partnership; thoughts of divorce; conversation with friends or partner as well as a lawyer about a possible divorce. 3. Questions on social net: person to confide in; persons with whom meals are regularly eaten and to whom emotional relations exist; persons from whom financial support is received or to whom it is given; leisure partner; sex, type of relation, distance to residence and frequency of contact with persons of one´s social surroundings; relation with friends and acquaintances (scale); number of living grandparents. 4. School, training and employment: year of starting school; year of school degree; time of first taking up an occupational activity and complete specification of professional career; current employment status; number of hours each week; temporary employment; work orientation (scale); raising children and employment; information on number of siblings, number of grandchildren, number of grandparents, employment, professional position and number of hours each week of spouse; division of tasks in the partnership; attitude to marriage (scale); estimated weekly effort for activities for family and household; attitude to children (scale); religiousness; postmaterialism; residential status; inheritance or purchase of real estate; gift received to acquire real estate; monthly rent or housing costs; floor space; number of rooms; number of children´s rooms; age at leaving parental home; length of residence; state of parental home; information on infrastructure available in one´s residential area and use of these facilities; presence and use of facilities for children in the immediate vicinity of one´s residence; members of household as recipients of government transfer payments such as earnings-related unemployment benefit, housing benefit or child benefit; household income; regular savings amount; annual construction savings amount; having debts and amount of debt; right to support for children; regularity of payments to child; utilization of social aid and counseling measures; looking after persons in need of care in household; family relation with these persons and weekly number of hours expended for this; support in care by social services or further persons; care activities besides housekeeping and employment; self-assessment of condition of health.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1994-07 / 1995-04
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
Sampled Universe
Age: 18-61 years
Sampling Procedure Comment: The data set contains three different samples: Panel West: re-interview of the persons 24-61 years old (at the time of re-interview) interviewed in 1988 in the old states. Survey East: unsystematic random sample of the German residential population 18-55 years old (random route) 18-30 year-olds West: unsystematic random sample of the residential population 18-30 years old (random route)
Collection Mode
  • Oral survey with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 10994
The panel part follows the first wave 1988. This is archived under ZA Study No. 2245. The survey was conducted between July 1994 and October 1994. The survey period for the so-called Survey East is likewise July 1994 to October 1994. The survey of the sample 18-30 year-olds West took place from February 1995 to April 1995.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA2860 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • DJI (Type: FDZ)
  • Is new version of
    DOI: 10.4232/1.2860
  • Bien, Walter (Hrsg.): Familie an der Schwelle zum neuen Jahrtausend: Wandel und Entwicklung familialer Lebensformen. Opladen: Leske + Budrich 1996. (Deutsches Jugendinstitut Familien-Survey Band 6)

Update Metadata: 2020-10-21 | Issue Number: 14 | Registration Date: 2018-12-04

Deutsches Jugendinstitut (DJI), München (2018): Wandel und Entwicklung familialer Lebensformen - 2. Welle (Familiensurvey). Version: 1.1.0. GESIS Datenarchiv. Dataset.