The 2008-launched German Family Panel pairfam (“Panel Analysis of Intimate Relationships and Family Dynamics”) is a multi-disciplinary, longitudinal study for researching partnership and family dynamics in Germany. The annually collected survey data from a nationwide random sample of more than 12,000 persons of the three birth cohorts 1971-73, 1981-83, 1991-93 and their partners, parents and children offers unique opportunities for the analysis of partner and generational relationships as they develop over the course of multiple life phases. A restocking and refreshment sample in wave 11 has added the birth cohort 2001-03.
→ Concept and Design
Professionally prepared and documented data of the German Family Panel are provided to the global scientific community. The scientific use file currently available includes the first twelve pairfam survey waves. The package is supplemented by data of an additional sample of eastern Germans (DemoDiff) and a wide variety of small-scale regional indicators (Macrodata).
The focus of pairfam is on the complex processes of partnership formation and development, starting and expanding a family, parenting and child development, and intergenerational relationships. Particular attention is paid to the social embeddedness of these processes. In addition, the comprehensive survey also touches on various issues from other life domains.
→ Study Themes
The German Family Panel is a cooperative effort linking the University of Bremen, the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena, the University of Cologne, and the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich. Since 2010, pairfam has been funded as long-term project by the German Research Foundation (DFG). It is advised by an international board and accredited as a research data center by the German Data Forum (RatSWD).
→ Organizational Structure
The German Family Panel pairfam occasionally offers selected researchers the opportunity to approach anchor respondents themselves for additional qualitative and/or quantitative data collection.
→ Satellite Projects
Pairfam was approved by the ethics committee of the Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences of the University of Cologne.
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