The DEAS allows for a comprehensive description of life situations and life contexts of the German population aged 40  years and older (cross-sectional analysis), for analyses of social change over time since 1996, and for an investigation of intra-individual development over up to twenty-four years (1996-2002-2008-2011-2014-2017-2020).

Since 2008, the DEAS panel assessments have been conducted every three years. A new cross-sectional sample is drawn every six years. In 2020 no baseline survey could be conducted due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

In the summer of 2020 a short postal survey on the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic was conducted. In winter 2020/2021, the seventh survey wave was conducted - due to the changed situation exclusively as a panel survey via telephone interviews.

Data of all waves are available for the scientific community. For further information please visit the pages of our Research Data Centre (FDZ-DZA).

The following samples are available from the survey waves conducted between 1996 and 2020:

Wave I (1996)

Wave II (2002)

Wave III (2008)

Wave IV (2011)

Wave V (2014)

Wave VI (2017)

Wave VII - Short Survey (2020)