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Transitions and Old Age Potential (TOP) - 1st and 2nd Wave

Resource Type
  • Schneider, Norbert F. (Bundesinstitut für Bevölkerungsforschung (BiB), Wiesbaden)
  • Mergenthaler, Andreas (Bundesinstitut für Bevölkerungsforschung (BiB), Wiesbaden)
  • Sackreuther, Ines (Bundesinstitut für Bevölkerungsforschung (BiB), Wiesbaden)
  • Micheel, Frank (Bundesinstitut für Bevölkerungsforschung (BiB), Wiesbaden)
  • Cihlar, Volker (Bundesinstitut für Bevölkerungsforschung (BiB), Wiesbaden)
  • Staudinger, Ursula M. (Columbia University New York)
  • Lippke, Sonia (Jacobs University Bremen)
  • Deller, Jürgen (Leuphana Universität Lüneburg)
  • Büsch, Victoria (SRH Hochschule Berlin)
Publication Date
  • Umfragezentrum Bonn (uzbonn) (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Occupation, Profession
    • Family
    • Medicine
    • Person, Personality, Role
  • Abstract

    The survey ´Transitions and Old Age Potential: Transitions and Age Potentials (TOP)´ is based on a representative sample of 5,002 persons for the German-speaking resident population aged 55 to 70 (born between 1942 and 1958). The study focuses on the life plans and potential of older adults on the labour market, in civil society and in the family, as well as their transitions into retirement. In spring 2013, a 40-minute telephone interview was conducted on the basis of a standardised survey instrument. It covers instruments in the following areas: sociodemography, employment and retirement, informal work in civil society and the family, age images, health and well-being, and personality. In 2015/2016, the first-wave respondents who were ready to be interviewed again were interviewed. A total of 2,501 interviews were completed in the second wave. In terms of content, the second wave TOP focuses on the transitions into retirement, the realisation of job intentions, particularly in the labour market, as part of a multi-stage model of action, and the change in the potential of older adults over time. Like the first wave, the repeat survey was conducted by the Umfragezentrum Bonn (uzbonn) on behalf of the Federal Institute for Population Research (BiB). In addition to measures to reduce the bias from panel mortality and to increase utilisation, longitudinal weighting methods were used which, among other things, adjust for selective participation probabilities in the second wave.
Temporal Coverage
  • 2013-01-16 / 2013-04-10
  • 2015-11 / 2016-02
Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE)
Sampled Universe
German-speaking resident population between 55 and 70 years of age (born 1942-1958) in private households with landline phone
Probability Sample: Multistage Sample
Collection Mode
  • Telephone interview: CATI (Computer Assisted Telephone Interview)
Data and File Information
  • Number of Variables: 1282
Detailed information on the TOP study and on the publications currently published can be found at .
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA6597 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Is new version of
    DOI: 10.4232/1.12477
  • Sackreuther, Ines; Schröber, Jakob; Cihlar, Volker; Mergenthaler, Andreas; Micheel, Frank und Schill, Gabriele: TOP – Transitions and Old Age Potential. Methodenbericht zur Studie. BiB Daten- und Methodenberichte 1/2016. Wiesbaden: Bundesinstitut für Bevölkerungsforschung.
  • Micheel, Frank: Bürgerschaftliches Engagement und Engagementpotenziale von 55- bis 70-Jährigen in Deutschland. In: Zeitschrift für Gerontologie und Geriatrie: 1-11, 2016 [doi:10.1007/s00391-015-1013-x]
  • Schneider, Norbert F.; Mergenthaler, Andreas; Staudinger, Ursula M.; Sackreuther, Ines (Hrsg.): Mittendrin? : Lebenspläne und Potenziale älterer Menschen beim Übergang in den Ruhestand. (Beiträge zur Bevölkerungswissenschaft, Bd 47) Opladen: Verlag Barbara Budrich, 2015
  • Fasbender, Ulrike; Wang, Mo; Voltmer, Jan-Bennet; Deller, Jürgen: The meaning of work for post-retirement employment decisions. In: Work, Aging and Retirement 2,1: 12-23, 2016

Update Metadata: 2019-01-30 | Issue Number: 5 | Registration Date: 2018-12-18

Schneider, Norbert F.; Mergenthaler, Andreas; Sackreuther, Ines; Micheel, Frank; Cihlar, Volker et. al. (2018): Transitions and Old Age Potential: Übergänge und Alternspotenziale (TOP) - 1. und 2. Welle. Version: 2.0.0. GESIS Datenarchiv. Dataset.