Jena Study on Social Change and Human Development (Adults) 2005 - Reduced Version

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Silbereisen, Rainer K. (Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Center for Applied Developmental Science)
Publication Date
  • MARPLAN Forschungsgesellschaft, Offenbach am Main (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Work and Industry
    • Occupation, Profession
    • Income
    • Society, Culture
    • Family
    • Medicine
    • Person, Personality, Role
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Working conditions
    • Employment
    • Social conditions and indicators
    • Social change
    • Specific diseases and medical conditions
    • Psychology
  • Abstract

    The study deals with individual capacities of coping with experienced requirements of social change. Broadly speaking, this refers to the challenges individuals are facing when macro-contextual conditions of life are changing. Education/vocatioinal training, gainful employment, willingness to work, marital status, way of life (single, in relation/married-cohabiting, in relation/married-not cohabiting), children (age of children), goals in life, satisfaction with life in general and specific areas of life, handling of challenges in life, self-evaluation, changes in work life, easy/hard finding a job, changes in education/vocational training, personal motivation/commitment, self-perception, changes in family life, personal coping strategies with change (family, work, education/vocational training, relationship), reaction to changes in everyday life (challenged: religious belief, role of political parties, fewer guidelines concerning right or wrong, customs/traditions from foreign cultures, political/religious extremism); financial situation, overtime (night/weekend shifts); free choice in type of relation; pursuit of further education (more of it in leisure time), more offers for further education available, increased importance of appearance/fitness, higher level of independence and autonomy in work, precautions for old age, workload eased by technology, easier to live according to own moral concepts, job requires better interpersonal skills, new possibilities due to new media, longer commute to work, leisure activities no longer affordable, greater effort to attain standard of living, more discretion towards other forms of life, learn more for job (languages, technology), prepared to adapt to changes today; personal characteristics: routine important in life, optimism/pessimism, psychological well-being, self-esteem, problem-solving skills, curiousness towards new things, comfort, leisure time and its perception, role of others in life, role of personal environment, activities in/member of associations, view on/perception of fellow local inhabitants; quality/characterization of partnership; political participation and interest, follow local daily press, neighbors, activities with neighbors/other locals; state of health (mental/psychiatric treatment), assessment of own health; recent sensations: enthusiastic, happy, strong, proud, interested, alert, animated, decide, attentive, active; suffering from: thoughts about suicide, feeling of loneliness, melancholy, indifference, hopelessness with regard to future, feeling of being worthless; experienced following events: moving out of parental home, having sexual encounters, parenthood, fully starting work, smoking cigarettes regularly, no curfew; other changes/events that happen in life: (parent’s) serious financial problems, death of a beloved person, severe injury/sickness (of family member), victim of a crime, domestic violence/sexual harassment, legal sentence/fine/imprisonment, severe problems with someone close to you, lost something valuable, unplanned parenthood, serious problems with educational/vocational training, (child has) school problems, child’s/parent’s divorce/separation; alcohol consumption (started drinking alcohol, being drunk, on how many days drinking beer/wine/spirituous beverages), drug consumption; job history, kind of job/job group; average weekly working hours (including overtime), for how long employed in current job, temporary/unlimited contract, development of job position within the last 12 months, additional jobs (how many hours/week); registered unemployed/seeking work, receiving unemployment/welfare benefits, last job/job category, last time employed; willingness to move for job; categorization of career development/vocational training (models), grade point average; own household, renting, how many people in household (including respondent), who else is living in household (father, mother, step-father, step-mother, father in law, mother in law, brothers/sisters, stepbrother/-sister, spouse, partner, own children, stepchildren, adopted children, grandfather, grandmother, other relatives, flat/housemate in shared accommodation, fellow pupil, colleague/fellow trainee/fellow student, other non-relatives; personal net income, own household, number of people contributing to household income, net income of household, means for maintenance (own occupation, occasional paid work, unemployment benefit, welfare benefit, social assistance, support from parents, maternity benefits, scholarship/grants/stipends, child-raising-allowance), changes in income over past 12 months, financial support from parents (and extent), state responsible for securing a solid income, state responsible for providing jobs for everyone; contact with state-governed inistitutions/facilities/organizations concerning social security: employment office, social welfare office, youth welfare office, family consulting service, marriage/family/life counseling center, counseling centers for substance abuse, advisory service for debtors, other; how often claimed financial state support; German citizenship, federal state in which respondent was born, federal state that had biggest influence on respondent’s life, gender, age (integers), age categories, age by gender, weight. Additionally encoded: site of interview, consent to further participation in survey, sample, month of survey. Demography: sex; year of birth; age; marital status; number of children.
Temporal Coverage
  • 2005-10-15 / 2006-01-15
Geographic Coverage
  • Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania (DE-MV)
  • Thuringia (DE-TH)
  • Baden-Württemberg (DE-BW)
  • Schleswig-Holstein (DE-SH)
Sampled Universe
Resident population aged 16 to 43
Sampling Procedure Comment: Probability Sample: Stratified Sample: Disproportional Households were selected by a random route approach and respondents were chosen by the Kish-Grid method.
Collection Mode
  • Face-to-face interview: PAPI (Paper and Pencil Interview) Self-administered questionnaire: Paper
Data and File Information
  • Number of Variables: 515
In east and west Germany structurally similar federal states were chosen. For economically strong federal states this were Thuringia and Baden-Wuerttemberg; for relatively economically underdeveloped federal states Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and Schleswig Holstein were selected. The age limitation allows to capture the transitions from adolescence to adulthood as well as the most active period of medium adulthood (gainful employment, family, and parenting). Thus, comparison with previous studies is possible. In Baden-Wuerttemberg the sample size was extended to 751 to balance sampling disproportions between regions.
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA4749 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Silbereisen, Rainer K.; Pinquart, Martin (Hrsg.): Individuum und sozialer Wandel : eine Studie zu Anforderungen, psychosozialen Ressourcen und individueller Bewältigung. Weinheim: Juventa Verl. 2008

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