The DEAS makes possible a comprehensive description of life situations and life contexts of the German population aged over 40 (cross-sectional analysis), an analysis of social changes over the points in time since 1996 and an investigation of intra-individual development over three to twenty-one years (1996-2002-2008-2011-2014-2017).

Starting from 2008, the DEAS panel is conducted every three years. A new cross-sectional sample is drawn every six years (1996-2002-2008-2014). This approach enables the investigation of social change as well as individual development over an twenty-one year span.

In 2017 the sixth wave of data collection was taking place: between April and November about 6600 persons were re-interviewed.

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 2017:

Wave I

  • Base Sample 1996 (B-1996): disproportionably stratified population register sampling according to age (40-54, 55-69, 70-85 years old) sex and geographical location (East/West) of the German population living in private households in the birth cohorts 1911-1956 (n=4,838)


Wave II

  • Panel Sample 1996-2002 (P-1996-2002) of the participants surveyed again in 2002 from B-1996 (n=1,524)
  • Base Sample 2002 (B-2002) analogous to B-1996 of the birth cohorts 1917-1962 in the same local districts as Wave 1 (n=3,084)
  • Sampling of non-German nationals 2002 (A-2002): random sampling of non-German nationals in the birth cohorts 1917-1962 living in private households in the same local districts as Wave 1 (n=586)


Wave III

  • Panel Sample 1996-2002-2008 (P-1996-2002-2008); participants from B-1996 were interviewed for a third time (n=991)
  • Panel Sample 2002-2008 (P-2002-2008); participants from B-2002 were interviewed for a second time (n=1,000)
  • Base Sample 2008 (B-2008); a new cross-sectional sample of 40 - 85 years old persons (n=6,205) (birth cohorts 1923-1968)


Wave IV

  • Panel Sample 1996-2002-2008-2011 (P-1996-2002-2008-2011); participants from B-1996 were interviewed for a fourth time (n=1,039)
  • Panel Sample 2002-2008-2011 (P-2002-2008-2011); participants from B-2002 were interviewed for a third time (n=957)
  • Panel Sample 2008-2011 (P-2008-2011); participants from B-2008 were interviewed for a second time (n=2,858)


Wave V

  • Panel Sample 1996-2002-2008-2011-2014 (P-1996-2002-2008-2011-2014); participants from B-1996 were interviewed for a fifth time (n=887)
  • Panel Sample 2002-2088-2011-2014 (P-2002-2008-2011-2014); participants from B-2002 were interviewed for a fourth time (n=866)
  • Panel Sample 2008-2011-2014 (P-2008-2011-2014); participants from B-2008 were interviewed for a third time (n=2,569)
  • Base Sample 2014 (B-2014); a new cross-sectional sample of 40 - 85 year old persons (n=6,002) (birth cohorts 1929-1974)

 

Wave VI

  • Panel Sample 1996-2002-2008-2011-2014-2017 (P-1996-2002-2008-2011-2014-2017) participants from B-1996 were interviewed for a sixth time (n=712)
  • Panel Sample 2002-2008-2011-2014-2017 (P-2002-2008-2011-2014-2017) participants from B-2002 were interviewed for a fifth time (n=704)
  • Panel Sample 2008-2011-2014-2017 (P-2008-2011-2014-2017) participants from B-2008 were interviewed for a fourth time (n=2,109)
  • Panel Sample 2014-2017 (P-2014-2017) participants from B-2014 were interviewed for a second time (n=3,101)