Euro-Barometer 37.2: Elderly Europeans, April-May 1992 (ICPSR 9958)

Principal Investigator(s): Reif, Karlheinz, European Commission; Melich, Anna, European Commission


This round of Euro-Barometer surveys queried respondents on standard Euro-Barometer measures such as public awareness of and attitudes toward the Common Market and the European Community (EC), and also focused on the elderly and their activities, finances, and health care. Respondents were asked what sorts of things in life were of interest to them, whether they were treated with more respect as they grew older, the extent to which they agreed with several popular conceptions about being older, and whether they felt as though they were treated as second-class citizens by public institutions, certain professions, service providers, or their families. Other questions queried respondents about the amount of free time they had in their daily routines, what activities they had pursued during the past week, how often they saw their families, how much contact they had with young people and whether they would like to have more, and how often they felt lonely. Respondents were also asked whether they were members of voluntary organizations or charity groups and whether they would join a political party formed to further the interests of the elderly. Financial questions included whether the respondent preferred a pension for the elderly to spend as they wished or reduced prices and concessions for the elderly, how they would describe their current financial situation, whether their financial situation was secure, and what made them feel financially secure or insecure. Respondents were also asked a series of health-related questions, including whether they had any long-standing illness, disability, or infirmity that limited their activities in any way, whether anyone gave them regular help or assistance with personal care or household tasks, who gave this care, and whom they would turn to should they need extra help or assistance. Demographic and other background information was gathered on life satisfaction, number of people residing in the home, size of locality, home ownership, and region of residence, as well as the respondent's age, sex, marital status, number of children, education, employment status, occupation, work sector, age of retirement or expected age of retirement, religiosity, subjective social class, and left-right political self-placement.

Series: Eurobarometer Survey Series

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Study Description


Reif, Karlheinz, and Anna Melich. EURO-BAROMETER 37.2: ELDERLY EUROPEANS, APRIL-MAY 1992. ICPSR09958-v2. Conducted by INRA (Europe), Brussels. Cologne, Germany: Zentralarchiv fur Empirische Sozialforschung [producer], 2007. Cologne, Germany: Zentralarchiv fur Empirische Sozialforschung/Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributors], 2008-06-04.

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Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    age discrimination, assisted living, attitudes, attitudes toward aging, caregivers, economic integration, European unification, European Union, everyday life, health status, leisure, life satisfaction, medical history, memberships, older adults, personal finances, political influence, public opinion, quality of life, social change, social life, voter preferences

Smallest Geographic Unit:    country

Geographic Coverage:    Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, United Kingdom, Global

Time Period:   

  • 1992-04-20--1992-05-19

Date of Collection:   

  • 1992-04-20--1992-05-19

Unit of Observation:    individual

Universe:    Persons aged 60 and over residing in the 12 member nations of the European Community: Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, and the United Kingdom.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

Data processing for this collection was performed at the Zentralarchiv fur Empirische Sozialforschung in Cologne, Germany.


Sample:    Multistage national probability samples.

Mode of Data Collection:    face-to-face interview

Data Source:

personal interviews


Original ICPSR Release:   1995-03-16

Version History:

  • 2008-06-04 The variable format for weights has been corrected. The SPSS setup file has been updated. Also, SAS and Stata setup files, an SPSS system file, a SAS transport (CPORT) file, and a Stata system file have been added.
  • 2000-09-25 The data have been further processed by ZA and the SPSS data definition statements have been updated. Also, a standard machine- readable codebook (PDF) with frequencies and SAS data definition statements have been added, and the data collection instrument is now available as a PDF file.

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