Scientific Use File German Ageing Survey (SUF DEAS) 2017, Version 1.1

Resource Type
  • Vogel, Claudia
  • Wettstein, Markus
  • Tesch-Römer, Clemens
Publication Date
Publication Place
  • Infas Institut für angewandte Sozialwissenschaften GmbH, Bonn (Data Collector)
  • 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.
    The first base sample was drawn and surveyed in 1996, new base samples were added in 2002, 2008 and 2014. Additionally, in the years 2002, 2008, 2011, 2014 and 2017 previous participants have been re-surveyed (panel).

    In 2017, 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

Panel Sample (n=6626): repeated survey of participants from the previous base samples.

Collection Mode
  • Face-to-face interview: CAPI/CAMI
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 6626
    Number of Variables: 2283
further survey years: 1996, 2002, 2008, 2011, 2014
Not available
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: 2020-12-10 | Issue Number: 11 | Registration Date: 2019-11-05