Conference Agenda

JS_RN13_RN21_10: Introducing (Under-Utilised) Surveys for European Family Research
Friday, 23/Aug/2019:
2:00pm - 3:30pm

Session Chair: Detlev Lück, Federal Institute for Population Research (BiB)
Location: GM.339
Manchester Metropolitan University Building: Geoffrey Manton, Third Floor 4 Rosamond Street West Off Oxford Road


Growing up in Germany: Introducing a Representative, Multi-Study Survey of Children, Youth and Families

Claudia Recksiedler1,2, Holger Quellenberg1, Gerald Prein1, Ulrich Pötter1

1German Youth Institute, Germany; 2NCCR LIVES, Switzerland

The set of surveys called AID:A (Growing up in Germany) continues the long tradition of interdisciplinary survey research on child development, youth, and the family at the German Youth Institute. Starting in 2009, a first survey (AID:A-I) provided information on family formation, parenting, child and youth development, and work-life balance based on a representative sample of 25,000 persons aged 0 to 55. A second survey (AID:A-II) was conducted in 2014. It partly replicated the first survey and added a multi-actor design on co-parenting and couples decision making. It thus transcends the limitations of classical household surveys that restrict information to the household members. Extensive information on siblings and parents living outside of the household is available and a particular emphasis was further put on gathering information on father involvement and non-traditional family forms, such as lone parents and patchwork families. In 2019, a new, cross-sectional installment of the survey (AID:A-2019) was launched. It features the inclusion of detailed interviews with all members of the household, as well as an oversampling of vulnerable populations such as migrants. We expect realized interviews from 6,000 households and 12,000 persons on non-traditional family forms and youth development. We illustrate the potentials and possible applications of these data sources by providing an empirical example from our own family research. The datasets AID:A-I and AIDA-II are freely available for scientific use from the research data center of the German Youth Institute. We expect data from AID:A-2019 to be released for scientific use in the beginning of 2020.

The Generations and Gender Programme : New Methods and New Questions

Thomas Emery

The Generations and Gender Programme

The Generations & Gender Programme (GGP) is a large research infrastructure focusing on demographic behavior and family dynamics ( Its predecessor was the Family and Fertility Surveys (FFS) in the early 1990's which was run in 20 countries by the UNECE. The GGP was established to build on the success of the FFS and was fielded as a longitudinal panel study in 19 countries during the 2000's. In 2020 a new round of the survey will be conducted in countries across the world. Ahead of this, the GGP has set up a centralized survey instrument which allows for data to be collected from across the globe via face to face and web interviews. The centralized CAPI and CAWI system also opens up the possibility to integrate a number of different types of data with the traditional Generations and Gender Survey (GGS) and better explore how family life is changing. Such new forms of data include web-data, geo-spatial data and administrative data. In the presentation we will draw on data from several countries to illustrate the potential of these advances and what they might mean for family sociology. This paper will present the initial preliminary findings from recent fieldwork experiments and piloting and their implications for the new round of data collection in 2020. Given the cross-national nature of both the GGP and the experiment itself, the results presented will be of broad interest to survey researchers and family sociologists as we adapt to a changing and evolving data environment.

Databases Prepared in the FamiliesAndSocieties Project: LawsAndFamilies, ARPNoVa, EUFamPol and LargeFamilies

Livia Sz. Olah, Gerda Neyer

Stockholm University, Sweden

The FamiliesAndSocieties project aimed at investigating the diversity of family forms, relationships, and life courses in Europe; assessing the compatibility of existing policies with family changes; and contributing to evidence-based policy-making. Relying on a conceptual framework informed by a multidisciplinary approach, the project explored the growing complexities of family configurations and transitions within and across European countries as well as their implications for men, women and children with respect to inequalities in life chances, intergenerational relations and care arrangements.

Four new databases were established in the project on:

i) legal family formats available for same-sex and different-sex couples in Europe (LawsAndFamilies Database),

ii) Assisted Reproductive Technologies regulations (ARPNoVA),

iii) family-policy initiatives of the European Union (EUFamPol) related to fertility which cut across core aspects of family life, such as employment, care and gender, and

(iv) online survey on large families (LargeFamilies).

Links to these open access databases are displayed at the project website at where further details on the main content are presented. Freely downloadable FamiliesAndSocieties Working Papers [nr. 75(2017), 79(2017) and 80(2017) at] provide additional information on the structure of three of these databases. For ARPNoVA such information is available at the link of access.

We hope to contribute to better informed analyses on family-related matters via these databases.

The Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey and its Potential for Family Research

Mark Wooden, Inga Laß

University of Melbourne, Australia

The HILDA Survey is Australia’s first ever nation-wide household-based panel study. While the topic coverage of the study is extremely broad, it is intended to have a focus on income, labour market outcomes and family life.

The study commenced in 2001 with a responding sample of 7682 households selected to be broadly representative of the Australian population living in private households. Data are collected on an annual basis from all members of these households (aged 15 years or older), along with everyone else who was living with them at the time of interview. Today 17 waves of annual data are available, and provide 253,182 observations from 31,206 unique people.

Among HILDA’s key strengths for family research are: a) an array of questions about intra-family relationships, household formation, and fertility and fertility intentions; b) collection of data from all adult household members, thus enabling the analysis of dyads such as couple relationships or parent-child relationships; and c) most importantly of all, the tracking of people over time, thus facilitating the analysis of change over the life course.

This paper presents an introduction to this survey. It provides a summary of the design and the process by which the sample was selected, the type of information being collected, and the procedures employed for data collection. The paper concludes with a discussion of some of the family-related issues that the HILDA Survey data has been and, in the future, could be, used to examine.