Voluntary Social Commitment in Goettingen, Karlsruhe, Worms and Wuerzburg (Citizen Survey)

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Klages, Helmut (Projekt "Soziales Engagement und Selbsthilfe", Forschungsinstitut für öffentliche Verwaltung der Hochschule für Verwaltungswissenschaften, Speyer)
  • Braun, Joachim (Projekt "Soziales Engagement und Selbsthilfe", Forschungsinstitut für öffentliche Verwaltung der Hochschule für Verwaltungswissenschaften, Speyer)
  • Röhrig, Peter (Projekt "Soziales Engagement und Selbsthilfe", Forschungsinstitut für öffentliche Verwaltung der Hochschule für Verwaltungswissenschaften, Speyer)
  • Bentler, Ursula (Projekt "Soziales Engagement und Selbsthilfe", Forschungsinstitut für öffentliche Verwaltung der Hochschule für Verwaltungswissenschaften, Speyer)
Publication Date
  • Projekt "Soziales Engagement und Selbsthilfe", Forschungsinstitut fuer oeffentliche Verwaltung der Hochschule fuer Verwaltungswissenschaften, Speyer (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Group
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Social behaviour and attitudes
    • Social welfare systems/structures
  • Abstract

    Attitude to honorary participation and self-help. Extent, intensity and motives of the social commitment or interest in social activities. Topics: extent to which informed about self-help and honorary participation in the city; sources of information; concepts of an honorary activity and of self-help groups as well as attitude to these activities; judgement on the opportunities for social commitment in various organizations and groups; familiarity and use of social and health-related institutions and groups in the city; willingness to pay expense allowance for an honorary worker or a self-help group in case of personal need; sources of information about honorary work and self-help as well as knowledge of various charity organizations and city offices and attitude to these organizations; judgement on the degree of familiarity of opportunities for social commitment; preferred leisure activities given increased free time; importance of selected moral concepts; time expended for regular care-giving; understanding of this commitment as honorary activity or self-help; expense allowance received for this care; preference for honorary activities; organizational or managing character of this activity; weekly time expended for all activities; length of residence in the city; religiousness; judgement on personal condition of health; frequency of medical treatments and confinement to bed since the first of the year; personal longer illnesss, chronic illness or disabilities; handicapped identity card und degree of disability; judgement on one´s own financial situation; party preference; memberships; willingness to provide one´s own address to a contact named by the city for honorary cooperation and self-help. The following questions were posed to all those not active in the social and health area: willingness to be active in the social or health area; preference for honorary activity or participation in a self-help group; attempts at activity up to now; preferred activities in the social or health area and time available weekly; preferred point in time for such activities. The following questions were posed to those interested and active in the social and health area: demands and expectations of honorary activities; assessment of the necessity of special knowledge; interest in measures for further education about knowledge and skills for honorary participation; knowledge of such further education offerings in the city; personal motives for social commitment; attitude to honorary participation and self-help; reasons for lack of interest in a self-help group; judgement on the relevance of selected problems in the social and health area of the city and of the responsibility for problem solution; attitude to various forms of support for honorary work (scale); judgement on the necessity of a contact for information about honorary participation and self-help. Demography: age; sex; marital status; ties to church; religious denomination; self-assessment of condition of health; frequency of medical treatment in the past year; number of days in the past year on which respondent was confined to bed; respondent has or had longer illnesses (e.g. chronic illness, handicap); respondent has a handicapped identity card; degree of disability; school education; vocational training; occupational position; employment; monthly net household income; sources of income; evaluation of one´s own financial situation; size of household; number of children and young people in household; party preference; local residency; number of memberships. Interviewer rating: German citizenship of respondent or foreigner; reliability of respondent; housing situation. Also encoded was: length of interview; date of interview.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1984-06 / 1984-07
Geographic Coverage
  • Lower Saxony (DE-NI)
  • Baden-Württemberg (DE-BW)
  • Rhineland-Palatinate (DE-RP)
  • Bavaria (DE-BY)
Sampled Universe
Persons between the ages of 16 to 70 years from the resident registries
Sampling Procedure Comment: Simple random selection
Collection Mode
  • Oral survey with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 1883
    Number of Variables: 407
See also the survey of experts and survey of holdings conducted in the framework of the project and archived under ZA Study Nos. 1664 and 1665.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA1663 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Braun, Joachim; Röhrig, Peter: Umfang und Unterstützung ehrenamtlicher Mitarbeit und Selbsthilfe im kommunalen Sozial- und Gesundheitsbereich. In: Bundesminister für Bildung und Wissenschaft (Hrsg.): Freiwilliges soziales Engagement und Weiterbildung: Umfang und Unterstützung ehrenamtlicher Mitarbeit und Selbsthilfe: Weiterbildungsangebote für ehrenamtlich Tätige. Bad Honnef: Bock 1986. S. 1 - 167. (Schriftenreihe Studien zu Bildung und Wissenschaft, 32)

Update Metadata: 2021-04-07 | Issue Number: 90 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22