Scientific Use File German Ageing Survey (SUF DEAS) 2002, Version 3.1

Resource Type
  • Motel-Klingebiel, Andreas
  • Tesch-Römer, Clemens
  • Wurm, Susanne
Publication Date
Publication Place
  • Infas Institut für angewandte Sozialwissenschaften GmbH, Bonn (Data Collector)
Funding Reference
  • Bundesministerium für Familie, Senioren, Frauen und Jugend (BMFSFJ)
  • DZA Scheme:
    • Soziology
    • Psychology
    • Gerontology
    • Economics
Free Keywords
age; ageing; family; intergenerational relations; social networks; older workers; retirement; health; housing; grandparenthood; values; perceptions of ageing; loneliness; age discrimination; ageism; participation; care; caregiving relatives; living conditions; employment; life satisfaction; well-being; social inequality; social change; adulthood; social support; longitudinal; panel survey; economic situation; old age; cohort; volunteer work; volunteering; leisure activities; poverty; pension; 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 2002 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 

Base Sample (n=3084): Disproportionally stratified population register sampling according to age (40-54, 55-69, 70-85 years old), sex and geographical location (East/West) of the German population living in private households.

Migrant sample (n=586): Random register sample of the non-German population 40-85 years old (birth cohorts 1917-1962) living in private households.

Collection Mode
  • Self-administered questionnaire: Paper

    Personal interview (PAPI)

    drop-off questionnaire

Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 5194
    Number of Variables: 1810
    Type of Data: SPSS and Stata
further survey years: 1996, 2008, 2011, 2014, 2017
The anonymised data sets of the DEAS are available for secondary analysis. The data has been made available to scientists at universities and research institutes exclusively for scientific purposes. The use of data is subject to written data protection agreements. Interested scholars fill out the application form, receive and sign a data distribution contract and then gain password-protected access to data and documentation.
Rights of use are at the German Centre of Gerontology (DZA), Berlin.

Update Metadata: 2020-12-15 | Issue Number: 11 | Registration Date: 2019-05-15