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ZA2645: Courses of Life and Social Change: Courses of Life and Welfare Development (Life History Study LV-West I)

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  • ZA2645_fb.pdf (Questionnaire) 18 MBytes
  • ZA2645_q.pdf (Questionnaire) 524 KBytes


  • ZA2645_cod.pdf (Codebook) 10 MBytes

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  • ZA2645_mb.pdf (Method Report) 12 MBytes
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Bibliographic Citation

Citation Citation Mayer, Karl U. (2018): Courses of Life and Social Change: Courses of Life and Welfare Development (Life History Study LV-West I). GESIS Data Archive, Cologne. ZA2645 Data file Version 1.1.0,
Study No.ZA2645
TitleCourses of Life and Social Change: Courses of Life and Welfare Development (Life History Study LV-West I)
Current Version1.1.0, 2018-12-4,
Date of Collection10.1981 - 01.1983
Principal Investigator/ Authoring Entity, Institution
  • Mayer, Karl U. - Max-Planck-Institut für Bildungsforschung, Berlin
Contributor, Institution, Role
  • GESIS - Distributor
  • GESIS - HostingInstitution


AbstractDetailed information and judgements on courses of life in the areas family, education and employment. Topics: 1. Family origin of target person: social origin; information on natural mother, natural father or stepparents and foster parents as well as on siblings; information on courses of life of siblings. 2. Residential history and places of stay: residence description and reasons for change; supplemental questions on household structure and mobility. 3. School and occupational training biography: school and occupational training; political education. 4. Employment history, occupation and work life: positions and activities of employment life; times of no contribution to retirement program; gaps in employment; side jobs; occupational further education; work efforts; war service; occupational reintegration after the war; honorary activity; hobbies; illness history. 5. Personal family: marriage biography; partner situation; information on earlier spouse; information on current spouse or companion through life; information on children. 6. Economic situation: assets; income; pension situation. 7. Politics and religion: biography of personal behavior at the polls; behavior at the polls of parents; interest in politics in parental home; religious upbringing, leaving the church and religious affiliation. 8. Present activities, interests and needs. 9. Also encoded were: number of contact attempts; number and length of presence of other persons during interview; intervention of other persons in the course of the interview; reliability of respondent answers; length of interview; date of interview; identification of interviewer.
Categories Categories
  • Society, Culture
Topics Topics
  • 1 Labour and employment
  • 3 Education
  • 5.6 Social conditions and indicators
  • 11.5 Mass political behaviour, attitudes/opinion
  • 13 Social stratification and groupings
  • 13.3 Family life and marriage
  • 19.2 Housing


Geographic Coverage
  • Germany (DE), FRG incl. West Berlin
UniversePersons in three cohorts defined at the start as the years of birth 1929 to 1931, 1939 to 1941 and 1949 to 1951
Analysis Unit Analysis Unit
  • Individual
Sampling Procedure Sampling Procedure
  • Probability: Multistage
Multi-stage stratified random sample
Mode of Collection Mode of Collection
  • Face-to-face interview: Paper-and-pencil (PAPI)
Oral survey with standardized questionnaire
Time Method Time Method
  • Longitudinal
Kind of Data Kind of Data
  • Numeric
Data CollectorGETAS, Bremen
Date of Collection
  • 10.1981 - 01.1983

Errata & Versions

VersionDate, Name, DOI
1.1.0 (current version)2018-12-4 definitions of missing values for formats sav and dta reworked
1.0.02010-4-13 Version number created automatically (implementation of a uniform versioning policy) (Publication Year unknown)
Errata in current version
Version changes

Further Remarks

NotesThe data set is part of an extensive project in which work was done with different cohorts, survey instruments and sampled populations. The data sets are archived under ZA Study Nos. 2644 to 2648.
Number of Units: 2171
Number of Variables: -
Data Type: Einfachlochung
Analysis System(s): SPSS, Stata


  • Mayer, Karl Ulrich; Brückner, Erika: Lebensverläufe und Wohlfahrtsentwicklung: Konzeption, Design und Methodik der Erhebung von Lebensverläufen der Geburtsjahrgänge 1929-1931, 1939-1941, 1949-1951, Teil I bis III. Berlin: Max-Planck-Institut für Bildungsforschung 1989. (Materialien aus der Bildungsforschung Nr. 35) siehe: udie/lv_west_I.htm
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