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Eurobarometer 59.0: Lifelong Learning, Health, and Partners and Fertility, January-February 2003 (ICPSR 3766)

Principal Investigator(s): Christensen, Thomas, European Commission


This round of Eurobarometer surveys queried respondents on standard Eurobarometer measures as well as lifelong learning, health, and partners and fertility. To start the interview, standard trend questions were asked regarding the euro and European Union (EU) policies. New questions were asked about EU expansion and priorities for local and national authorities. Next, questions were asked regarding lifelong learning situations within and outside of one's private life. Respondents were queried about places where learning occurred (e.g., school, work, social situations, and home), whether the study/training was for work or personal reasons, whether it was mandatory, what the benefits were, reasons for future study/training, best ways to improve job skills, obstacles to study/training, most useful information sources for study/training, and how much respondents would be willing to pay toward study/training. Respondents were also asked whether they possessed certain skills and could prove it, whether these skills were important within and outside of their private lives, and which study/training opportunities in the past five years they considered most important. The third portion of the interview collected information on respondent health problems and health-related issues. Questions were asked pertaining to current illnesses, visits to various medical professionals, long-term treatment of a variety of conditions (e.g., diabetes, cancer, and AIDS/HIV), dental issues, health tests, and check-ups (e.g., X-rays, blood pressure, and hearing), diet, alcohol consumption, and opinions of and things done to ensure child safety. Women in the study were asked about their knowledge and use of hormone replacement therapy, gynecological and other female-specific types of exams, and breastfeeding of children. The fourth portion of the survey dealt with issues of family and partners. Respondents were asked about the importance of having a spouse/partner and children, whether the father or mother should carry out certain childcare and household tasks, whether they had children and if so who was responsible for various household and childcare tasks, and with which of these task divisions they were most dissatisfied. They were also queried on plans for more children and desire for and timing of the births of current children. Background variables include age, gender, nationality, marital status, left-right political self-placement, occupation, age at completion of education, type and size of locality, and household income.

Series: Eurobarometer Survey Series

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Study Description


Christensen, Thomas. Eurobarometer 59.0: Lifelong Learning, Health, and Partners and Fertility, January-February 2003. ICPSR03766-v2. Cologne, Germany: Zentralarchiv fur Empirische Sozialforschung/Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributors], 2008-10-08. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR03766.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR03766.v1

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    alcohol consumption, attitudes, breast feeding, child health, child rearing, children, diet, disease, disease prevention, economic integration, European unification, European Union, family conflict, family planning, family relations, family size, family work relationship, food preferences, gender roles, health attitudes, health behavior, health problems, health status, information sources, job change, learning, life satisfaction, medical care, medical evaluation, nutrition, political influence, public opinion, quality of life, skills, social behavior, social change, social issues, training

Smallest Geographic Unit:    country

Geographic Coverage:    Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Europe, Finland, France, Germany, Global, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom

Time Period:   

  • 2003-01-15--2003-03-11

Date of Collection:   

  • 2003-01-15--2003-03-11

Unit of Observation:    individual

Universe:    Citizens of the EU aged 15 and over residing in the 15 EU member countries: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom, and citizens aged 15 and over residing in the countries of Norway and Iceland.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

A split ballot was used for question Q2 regarding European Union policies and enlargement. Variable V599 defines the separate groups.

The dates in the study file for Luxembourg and Iceland are not consistent with the dates in the English version of the Technical Specifications.

Although the study title and Technical Specifications indicate that the survey was carried out between January 15 and February 19, 2003, Iceland and Norway continued the survey beyond this point with the final date of March 11, 2003.

The total number of interviews is 18,005. The table in the French version of the Technical Specifications shows the total number of interviews as 16,370.

V601 (ORIGINAL RESPONDENT ID (COUNTRY INTERV NR)): 208 cases with non-unique respondent identification numbers have been detected, including six duplicates: 600164, 800300, 800301, 800331, 800935, 800936 and three almost identical cases: 201218, 800932, 800934.

Q7A/V123 and V124: 150 cases from Iceland are coded '1' "Mentioned" for both variables.

Q8/V151 and V152: One case from Iceland is coded '1' "Mentioned" for both variables.

D8/V500 and V501: According to the Portuguese field questionnaire, the high number of Portuguese respondents coded '6' "up to 6 years" are supposed to include illiterates.

D8 and D15A: Seven respondents who do not indicate any age when finished full-time education in V500 and V501 (D8 AGE EDUCATION) do state that they are students in V507 and V508 (D15A OCCUPATION RESPONDENT).

D.21: The skip pattern in the English and French questionnaires reads "IF "YES", CODE 2 IN D.19", while this statement should be "IF "NO", CODE 2 IN D.19".

D29/V536: No data is available for Iceland.

P7/V591: Please note that erroneous coding exists for basic British regions in the original data set. "Greater London" ('16') and "Kent" ('18') were obviously exchanged and have been corrected by the ZA in accordance with former Eurobarometer waves.


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

Extent of Processing:   ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Performed consistency checks.
  • Created variable labels and/or value labels.
  • Standardized missing values.
  • Performed recodes and/or calculated derived variables.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


Original ICPSR Release:   2005-04-29

Version History:

  • 2008-10-08 The final (Class I) edition of this study has been produced by ICPSR. Consistency and plausibility checks have been carried out. The dataset has been checked, and corrected if necessary. The dataset (file structure, variable labels, answer categories, missing values, etc.) has been formatted to ICPSR/ZA standards for the processing of the Eurobarometer survey series. The SPSS setup file has been updated, and the SPSS portable file has been replaced with an SPSS system file. Also, SAS and Stata setup files, a SAS transport (CPORT) file, a Stata system file, and a tab-delimited ASCII data file have been added.

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