Scientific Use File German Ageing Survey (SUF DEAS) 2008, Version 3.1

Resource Type
  • Motel-Klingebiel, Andreas (Deutsches Zentrum für Altersfragen)
  • Tesch-Römer, Clemens (Deutsches Zentrum für Altersfragen)
  • Wurm, Susanne (Deutsches Zentrum für Altersfragen)
Publication Date
Publication Place
  • Project Team German Ageing Survey (Research Group)
  • Deutsches Zentrum für Altersfragen
Funding Reference
  • Federal Ministry of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth
  • DZA Scheme:
    • Soziology
    • Psychology
    • Gerontology
    • Economics
Free Keywords
Age; aging; family; intergenerational relationships; social networks; older workers; retirement; health; housing; grandparenthood; values; images of old age; loneliness; age discrimination; participation; care; caring relatives; living conditions; employment; life satisfaction; well-being; social inequality; social Change; adulthood; social support; longitudinal study; panel; financial situation; old age; cohort; volunteering; volunteering; leisure activities; poverty; retirement; life events
  • Abstract

    The German Ageing Survey (DEAS) is a longitudinal survey for the analysis of life situations and biographies of people in the second half of their lives. The data is based on nationally representative surveying (cross-sectional and longitudinal) of some thousand participants from the age of 40 onwards.

    Up to now data of the DEAS have been collected in 1996, 2002, 2008, 2011 and 2014. In 2002, 2008, 2011 and 2014, previous participants have been re-surveyed (panel).

    In 2008 as in the previous survey years, the following topics
    have been conducted:

    •         Occupational Biography, Work and Retirement
    •         Social Participation and Voluntary Work
    •         Partnership, Family and Intergenerational Relations
    •         Household and Social Network
    •         Living Arrangements and Mobility
    •         Economic Status and Saving
    •         Social and Financial Support
    •         Quality of Life and Well-Being
    •         Health and Health-Related Behaviour
    •         Help and Care-Dependency
    •         Attitudes, Norms, Values and Images of Old Age 
Temporal Coverage
  • 2008-04-01 / 2008-11-30

Base Sample (N=6205): Disproportionally stratified population register sampling according to age (40-54, 55-69, 70-85 years old), Gender and geographical location (East/West) of the German population living in private households.

Panel Sample (N=1991, corrected number of respondents compared to version 2.0): repeated survey of participants from the previous base samples.

Collection Mode
  • Face-to-face interview: CAPI/CAMI

    - computer assisted personal interview (CAPI)

    - drop-off questionnaire

    - testing of lung volume

Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 8196
    Number of Variables: 2135
    Type of Data: SPSS and Stata
further survey years: 1996, 2002, 2011, 2014, 2017, 2020
Not available
This version of the SUF is not available anymore. The current version is registered as DOI 10.5156/DEAS.2008.M.006
Rights of use are held by the German Centre of Gerontology (DZA), Berlin.
  • Is previous version of
    DOI: 10.5156/DEAS.2008.M.006 (Dataset)

Update Metadata: 2021-04-28 | Issue Number: 27 | Registration Date: 2019-05-15