Family and Partner Relations in Eastern Germany (Survey of Families)

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Deutsches Jugendinstitut (DJI), München
Publication Date
  • Zentralinstitut fuer Jugendforschung (ZID), Leipzig (Data Collector)
  • Leipziger Institut fuer empirische Forschung, Leipzig (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Family
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Working conditions
    • Employment
    • Social behaviour and attitudes
    • Family life and marriage
    • Gender and gender roles
    • Children
    • Specific social services: use and provision
    • Income, property and investment/saving
    • Housing
  • Abstract

    Family ways of life in the new states. Situation in life, occupation and partner biography up to now, moral orientations as well as attitude to children. Topics: Number of siblings; growing up with parents; divorce as reason for separation of parents; social origins; preference for a baby year with subsequent nursery care or extension of the baby year to three years; extension of the baby year or job guarantee; attitude to the role of women between raising children and employment (scale); importance of educational goals (scale); desire for children; living together with spouse; separation year; firm partnership; living together with a partner. Partner biography: detailed information on first to fourth or last partner relation; year of meeting and start of partnership; living together with partner in common residence; year of moving together; common children; positive or negative age difference with partner; marital status of partner at start of relation; social origins of partner; same religious denomination of partners; marriage and year of marriage; stability of partner relation or year of termination; year of death or year of separation or divorce; year of giving up common residence; reference persons or conversation partners for personal things; meal partners; person with whom one has a very close instinctive tie; providing financial support to others or receipt of such support; leisure partner; co-residents in main place of residence and as appropriate at a secondary residence; age, sex, degree of relation, frequency of contact and distance to these persons; number of living brothers, sisters, grandchildren and grandparents; year of birth and month of birth of respondent; detailed information on education and occupational training; conclusion of education and time of taking up first employment; career course; year of discontinuation of employment; time worked each week at the start of occupational life; time of changes of time worked each week; start, end, length and reasons for interruptions of employment; search for work; work on weekends and shift work; working according to instructions or working independently; limited employment; most important criteria in choice of occupation (scale); opinion on employment of women; division of child care as well as housework between the two partners (scale); decision-maker with selected purchase decisions as well as in family matters; significance of marriage for the partner and children (scale); number of hours each week for raising children and housework; attitude to children (scale); religiousness; postmaterialism; frequency of selected leisure activities; residential status; year of construction and condition of building; characterization of residential furnishings; total costs for residence; living space; number of rooms; number of children´s room; description of infrastructure of residential area and presence of kindergarten, nursery, playground etc.; information on all sources of income; most important source of income; official right of a child to support payments; regularity of payments deposited; personal stress from particular events in the last year, such as e.g. death, family problems, legal disputes, problems with authorities, unemployment and partner problems; looking after persons in need of care; family relation and weekly time expended for the care; self-classification of condition of health. The following information on spouse/partner of respondent: number of living brothers, sisters, grandchildren and grandparents; occupational position; time worked each week; arrangement of working hours on working days and weekends as well as shift work; search for employment. The following form was filled out by the respondent in writing: characterization of partner relation (scale); user and use of contraceptives; reasons for use of contraceptives. With families with children the following additional detailed information was recorded on all children: date of birth, sex, legal status; time period of living together with family; school attendance; education and institutions or persons looking after the children; desired number of children.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1990-11 / 1991-02
Geographic Coverage
  • Berlin (DE-BE)
    East Berlin
  • Brandenburg (DE-BB)
  • Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania (DE-MV)
  • Saxony (DE-SN)
  • Saxony-Anhalt (DE-ST)
  • Thuringia (DE-TH)
Sampled Universe
Persons between the ages of 18 to 55 years
Sampling Procedure Comment: Simple random selection from the central resident registery
Collection Mode
  • Oral and written survey with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 1951
    Number of Variables: 617
The investigation is part of a comprehensive research project "Change and Development of Ways of Family Life in the Federal Republic of Germany". The ZA Study Nos. 2245, 2393 and 2516 also belong to this project.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA2392 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • DJI (Type: FDZ)
  • Is new version of
    DOI: 10.4232/1.2392
  • Bertram, Hans (Hrsg.): Die Familie in den neuen Bundesländern: Stabilität und Wandel in der gesellschaftlichen Umbruchsituation. Opladen: Leske+Budrich, 1992. (DJI: Familien-Survey 2)
  • Haas, Winfried: Familie und Partnerbeziehung in der Bundesrepublik (Ost): Methodenbericht zur Datenerhebung 1990/91. Leipzig: Leipziger Institut für empirische Forschung, 1991: DJI Familien-Survey. Unveröffentlichtes Manuskript

Update Metadata: 2021-04-07 | Issue Number: 14 | Registration Date: 2019-09-12