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Eurobarometer 64.4: Mental Well-Being, Telecommunications, Harmful Internet Content, and Farm Animal Welfare, December 2005-January 2006 (ICPSR 4667)

Principal Investigator(s): Papacostas, Antonis, European Commission


This round of Eurobarometer surveys diverged from the standard Eurobarometer measures and queried respondents on their opinions regarding mental well-being, telecommunications, harmful Internet content, and farm animal welfare. The first topic covered physical and mental well-being. Respondents were asked (1) about the state of their mental well-being over the previous four weeks, and the degree to which health concerns limited daily moderate physical activities, (2) about the effects of physical health and emotional problems on regular activities, (3) whether they were treated for mental illnesses, how often they sought help for mental problems, and where they turned to get support, (4) how easy or difficult they found acquiring information about mental health problems, and (5) how Europeans perceived people with a mental illness. The second topic addressed the access and use of telecommunications. Respondents were queried as to whether they used a fixed telephone, mobile telephone, computer, the Internet, or television in the household, what operator and company they used to provide the services, whether they considered changing providers, and their main reasons for changing. The third topic focused on the respondents' knowledge of and opinions about harmful Internet content. Respondents answered questions concerning Internet use and safety for their children and procedures for reporting illegal and harmful content. The final topic, farm animal welfare, included questions on food purchases, food consumption, and respondents' knowledge of and opinions about the welfare of farm animals. Background information includes respondent's age, gender, nationality, origin of birth (personal and parental), marital status, left-to-right political self-placement, occupation, age when they stopped full-time education, household composition, and region of residence.

Series: Eurobarometer Survey Series

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Study Description


Papacostas, Antonis. Eurobarometer 64.4: Mental Well-Being, Telecommunications, Harmful Internet Content, and Farm Animal Welfare, December 2005-January 2006. ICPSR04667-v2. Cologne, Germany: GESIS/Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributors], 2010-04-26. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR04667.v2

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR04667.v2

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    attitudes, communications systems, European Union, food, food production, food safety, food security, internet, mental disorders, mental health, mental illness, public health, public opinion, telecommunications, telephones

Smallest Geographic Unit:    country

Geographic Coverage:    Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Europe, Finland, France, Germany, Global, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, United Kingdom

Time Period:   

  • 2005-12-07--2006-01-11

Date of Collection:   

  • 2005-12-07--2006-01-11

Unit of Observation:    individual

Universe:    Citizens of the EU aged 15 and over residing in the 25 EU member countries: Austria, Belgium, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom, plus the citizens of the two acceding countries: Bulgaria and Romania, the two candidate countries: Croatia and Turkey, and the citizens of the Turkish Cypriot Community.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

The original data collection was carried out by TNS Opinion and Social, c/o EOS Gallup Europe (Brussels) on request of the European Commission.

The codebook and setup files for this collection contain characters with diacritical marks used in many European languages.

The documentation and/or setup files may contain references to Norway, but Norway was not a participant in this wave of Eurobarometer surveys. This collection contains no data for Norway.


Sample:    Multistage national probability samples.

Weight:    Please review the "Weighting Information" section of the ICPSR codebook for this Eurobarometer study.

Mode of Data Collection:    face-to-face interview


Original ICPSR Release:   2007-03-23

Version History:

  • 2010-04-26 Data for all previously embargoed variables are now available. The data have been further processed by GESIS. A separate Microsoft Excel file with country-specific responses for questions QB4, QB5, QB16, and QB26 is no longer being made available. Country-specific variables corresponding to these questions have been added to the dataset by GESIS: V172 to V456 (QB4 "Fixed Telephone Operator"), V457 to V707 (QB5 "Fixed Telephone Company"), V932 to V1179 (QB16 "Mobile Phone Provider"), and V1222 to V1703 (QB26 "Internet Provider"). Additionally, the SAS, SPSS, and Stata setup files, Stata system file, and codebook have been updated. The SAS transport (XPORT) file has been replaced with a SAS transport (CPORT) file, the SPSS portable file has been replaced with an SPSS system file, and a tab-delimited ASCII data file has been added.

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