Access to pairfam Data and to Data from the pairfam COVID-19 Survey


The data collected by the German Family Panel pairfam are accessible to the scientific community as scientific use file for scholarly analyses. The current release 14.1 includes the following files:

  • the well-prepared and anonymized pairfam data of all 14 survey waves (incl. the DemoDiff, sample refreshment and step-up subsamples) in the standard data formats Stata and SPSS (with both English and German labels),
  • all codebooks (in English and German language) and questionnaires as well as a set of overviews of the instruments, the concept paper, the data and the scales manual, the annual method reports, and several other documents.


    The release of the additional pairfam COVID-19 survey, release 1.1 includes:

    • the well-prepared and anonymized pairfam data of the additional online survey in the standard data formats Stata and SPSS (with both English and German labels),
    • the codebook (in English and German language), an overview of all instruments in the data set, syntax files to generate scales, the pairfam Technical Paper 15, and the method report.



    Ordering data for own research projects

    If you are an employee of a university or research institution and would like to request the data for your own research purposes, please proceed as follows:

    • Download the order form and indicate which data you would like to order.
    • Enter the requested information on the contract form, sign it, and send it (via mail, e-mail or fax) to GESIS.

    The use of this data is free of charge.




    Ordering data for student theses

    Please note that the pairfam data can also be ordered for B.A/M.A. theses via the user contract.  

    For this purpose, the form must be signed by the student and his/her supervisor and sent to GESIS (for details see terms of contract).




    Internal distribution of pairfam data

    According to § 2 of the user contract, the data recipient is allowed to grant access exclusively to specifically named additional participants for the given research project at the data recipient’s institution.

    As soon as the content of the research project changes, new persons are added to the research project or the data is to be used beyond the given end date of the project (possibly as part of a qualification process, such as a thesis) a new data usage agreement must be signed by the respective persons and parties to this contract.





    Ordering data for teaching purposes

    The pairfam data can be used for teaching purposes - for example for sample calculations of students. If students need to get access to the data, reduced datasets of the regular pairfam penal data have to be used to protect privacy.

    Please contact the pairfam User Support by email at if you intend to use the data for teaching purposes. You will then receive a syntax file to generate a 50% teaching version from the original data. In addition, you will receive a separate form, which must be signed by all participants or students and sent to the pairfam User Support.

    The full version of pairfam COVID-19 data may be used for  teaching purposes as well as B.A./M.A. theses. Due to data privacy issues, however, students may then not receive the regular pairfam data as well. In addition, every student has to sign the user contract which needs to be sent to GESIS. If the COVID-19 data need to be combined with the regular pairfam data for teaching purposes, a 50% teaching version of both data sets has to be used. For further information on this topic, please contact the pairfam user support.





    The FDZ pairfam has been accredited by the RatSWD.

    Information Complaints Office of the RatSWD:

    Since July 2016, the RatSWD has established a complaints office. Via a contact form on the homepage of the RatSWD, you have the possibility to address unresolved problems with the use of the data of the FDZ, which you could not settle in an exchange with the responsible contact person at the FDZ, to the RatSWD.

    The contact form as well as details about the responsibility and the procedure can be found on the website of the RatSWD: