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Adaptive General Ecological Behaviour Scale

Corresponding Researcher(s) Institute Contact
Sigmar Otto Otto-von-Guericke-University, Madgeburg ;
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Florian G. Kaiser ;
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The adaptive General Ecological Behavior scale (a-GEB) was designed to provide an economic assessment of a person’s propensity to engage in an ecological lifestyle. As such, it is especially useful for promoting sustainable development in science-based policy making. Its construct validity and external validity were previously established for non-adaptive versions (e.g., Kaiser, Byrka, & Hartig, 2010; embargo ended 04/2015).

Data availability: 04/2015

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Anxiety and Depression

Corresponding Researcher(s) Institute Contact
Elmar Brähler Universität Leipzig
Markus Zenger ;
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Anxiety and depression are the most prevalent psychiatric disorders in Germany. The Patient-Health Questionnaire-4 (PHQ-4) is an ultra-short screening instrument that asks for the two core symptoms of both disorders during the previous two weeks. The PHQ-4 is a well-validated instrument with good reliability and criterion validity (Kohlmann et al., 2014).  

Reference:
Kohlmann S, Gierk B, Löwe B (2014). PHQ-4. Patient Health Questionnaire-4. In C.J. Kemper, E. Brähler & M. Zenger (eds.), Psychologische und sozialwissenschaftliche Kurzskalen. Standardisierte Erhebungsinstrumente für Wissenschaft und Praxis. (S. 242-244). Berlin: Medizinisch Wissenschaftliche Verlagsgesellschaft.

Data availability: 04/2015

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Comparing Measures of Experiential and Evaluative Well-Being

Corresponding Researcher(s) Institute Contact
Richard E. Lucas Michigan State University ;
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Asking about people’s feelings throughout the day as they go through their lives allows us to get an overall sense of how a person’s life is going by measuring how they feel on a moment-to-moment basis. Further, this allows us to examine how specific day-to-day activities affect quality of life.

Data availability: 04/2017

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Computer-Assisted Measurement and Coding of Educational Qualifications in Surveys (CAMCES)

Corresponding Researcher(s) Institute Contact
Jessica Herzing University of Mannheim ;
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Silke Schneider GESIS (Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences), Mannheim ;
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To overcome incompleteness in the case of long-list factual questions, a database query was incorporated in the survey procedure. To test different database interfaces, a split-ballot experiment was conducted using the example of educational attainment comparing a dynamic text field, a search tree and a long list.

Data availability: 04/17

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Confusion, Hubbub, and Order Scale (CHAOS)

Corresponding Researcher(s) Institute Contact
Wolfgang Rauch University of Heidelberg ;
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Children growing up in chaotic homes, i.e. homes characterized by noise, crowding, and a lack of structure are more likely to develop behavioral and other problems. The CHAOS module in the SOEP-IS allows the replication and extension of previous results on the association of home chaos with child development outcomes.

Data availability: 04/2017

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Conspiracy Mentality Questionnaire (CMQ)

Corresponding Researcher(s) Institute Contact
Peter Haffke University of Konstanz ;
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The five-item Conspiracy Mentality Questionnaire (CMQ) is designed to efficiently assess the general propensity to believe in conspiracy theories. The CMQ examines meaningful associations with personality measures, generalized political attitudes (e.g. right-wing authoritarianism), individual differences (e.g. perceived socio-political control), and measurement equivalence across three language versions has already been established.

Data availability: 04/2016

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Control Strivings

Corresponding Researcher(s) Institute Contact
Denis Gerstorf Developmental Psychology at Humboldt University Berlin ;
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Jutta Heckhausen University of California ;
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Data availability: 04/2015

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Cross-Cultural Study of Happiness

Corresponding Researcher(s) Institute Contact
Yukiko Uchida Kyoto University Kokoro Research Center
Gisela Trommsdorff University of Konstanz ;
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The goal of this project is to explore how culture-specific meanings of happiness give rise to differences both across cultures (Germany and Japanese) and within cultures.

Data availability: 04/2017

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Day Reconstruction Method

Corresponding Researcher(s) Institute Contact
Richard E. Lucas Michigan State University ;
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Experiential measures of subjective well-being assess affective reactions over time, either by sampling experiences as they happen or by retrospectively recreating experiences soon after they occur. In this module, respondents reconstruct a full day, describing what they did, who they were with, and how they felt throughout the day.

Data availability: 04/2018

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Decisions from Description and Experience

Corresponding Researcher(s) Institute Contact
Rui Mata University of Basel, Switzerland ;
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The SOEP-IS Risk Module consists of two incentive-compatible behavioral risk taking tasks involving described and experienced risk and extends the GSOEP by providing an assessment of individual differences that may predict real-world outcomes such as employment, financial, and health decisions that are partly guided by individuals’ risk tendencies.

Data availability: 04/2017

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Determinants of Attitudes to Income Redistribution

Corresponding Researcher(s) Institute Contact
Panu Poutvaara Ifo Institute, Munich ;
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We introduce two questions measuring attitudes towards income redistribution and two questions on the beliefs of the causes of low and high income. Together with existing SOEP questions, these allow estimating the relative importance of self-interest, fairness considerations, and various other factors in explaining attitudes towards redistribution.

Data availability: 04/2017

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Determinants of Not Wanting to Know

Corresponding Researcher(s) Institute Contact
Ralph Hertwig Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin ;
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Would you like to know the exact day of your death? The goal of this SOEP-IS module is to examine the determinants of people’s knowledge preferences, and more specifically, the reasons behind the puzzling and sometimes strong desire for explicitly not wanting to know (cost-free) information.

Data availability: 04/2017

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Expected Financial Market Earnings

Corresponding Researcher(s) Institute Contact
Tobias Schmidt DIW Berlin ;
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The module is concerned with the determinants of stock market participation and the (perceived) risks people expose themselves to in their investments. At the module’s heart is an elicitation and an experimental manipulation of respondents’ beliefs about the return on the German stock market.

Data availability: 04/2015

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Fear of Dementia

Corresponding Researcher(s) Institute Contact
Eva-Marie Kessler University of Heidelberg, Network Aging Research (NAR) ;
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Data availability: 04/2015

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Future Life Events

Corresponding Researcher(s) Institute Contact
Julia Zimmermann FernUniversität Hagen ;
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Maike Luhmann University of Cologne ;
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Many life events do not happen out of the blue but can be anticipated beforehand. To investigate these kinds of anticipation effects, participants were asked to indicate how likely it was that different events would occur in the next 12 months. Events from various life domains (e.g., family, work, mobility) were included.

Data availability: 04/2017

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Inattentional Blindness

Corresponding Researcher(s) Institute Contact
Dalton Conley New York University/NY, USA ;
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Inattentional blindness (IB) is the failure to notice salient events while one is paying attention to something else. IB has been widely replicated but has never been measured in a nationally representative sample. We measure IB’s prevalence and its association with ADHD and autism, and with socio-demographic background.

Data availability: 04/2017

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Internalized Gender Stereotypes Vary Across Socioeconomic Indicators

Corresponding Researcher(s) Institute Contact
Julia Dietrich University of Jena ;
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We propose that one important cause of gender inequality is the presence of gender stereotypes in society. We describe two approaches to measure gender stereotypes: an explicit questionnaire based on rating scales and an Implicit Association Test. Findings indicate that gender stereotypes are related to socioeconomic and social variables.

Data availability: 04/2014

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Job Preferences and Willingness to Accept Job Offers

Corresponding Researcher(s) Institute Contact
Katrin Auspurg Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main ;
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Thomas Hinz University of Konstanz ;
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The factorial survey module on job preferences and willingness to accept job offers provides multidimensional, experimental measurements of job preferences and demanded compensations for (un-)favorable working conditions. It enables deeper insights on the impact of gender, household structures, and job conditions on inequalities in the labor market.

Data availability: 04/2016

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Job Task Survey

Corresponding Researcher(s) Institute Contact
Dennis Görlich Kiel Institute for the World Economy ;
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Job tasks carried out by individuals can differ significantly even within narrowly defined occupations. This module asks respondents about the job tasks they carry out at their workplace, hence allowing for a detailed look into occupations. Subsequent waves of this module would allow analyzing job changes due to idiosyncratic shocks.

Data availability: 04/2016

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Just Sustainable Development Based on the Capability Approach (GeNECA)

Corresponding Researcher(s) Institute Contact
Ortrud Leßmann Helmut Schmidt University, Hamburg ;
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The GeNECA data collected in 2012 covers a broad range of issues: quality of life, capabilities, expectations about the preservation of living conditions for next generations, attitudes towards justice and the environment, actors for sustainable development, regional currency and sustainable consumption with regard to car use and organic food.

Data availability: 04/2015

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Justice Sensitivity

Corresponding Researcher(s) Institute Contact
Thomas Schlösser University of Cologne ;
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Anna Baumert University of Koblenz - Landau, Landau ;
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Individuals differ systematically in how readily they perceive situations to be unjust and how strongly they react to subjective injustice – cognitively, emotionally, and behaviorally. Justice sensitivity from the perspectives of a victim, observer, beneficiary, and perpetrator can be measured reliably with two items per perspective.

Data availability: 04/2014

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Lottery Play: Expenditure, Frequency, and Explanatory Variables

Corresponding Researcher(s) Institute Contact
Jens Beckert Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, Cologne ;
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Mark Lutter ;
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This SOEP-IS module measures lottery play (expenditure, frequency, individual vs. social play) plus three possible explanatory variables: A “daydreaming”-scale, measuring individual tendencies to indulge in fantasies about positive future states; an “alienation”-scale, measuring senselessness and dissatisfaction with daily (work) routines, and a “work-ethic”-scale, measuring attitudes toward work and effort.

Data availability: 04/2017

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Narcissistic Admiration and Rivalry Questionnaire (NARQ-S)

Corresponding Researcher(s) Institute Contact
Mitja D. Back University of Münster ;
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Our SOEP-IS module is concerned with the investigation of narcissism, its development and interpersonal, intrapersonal, and institutional consequences. Including a theoretically sound, reliable, and efficient measure of narcissism (NARQ-S) enables researchers to investigate a variety of focal research questions with wide-ranging implications on individual, social, and societal levels.

Data availability: 04/2016

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Regional Identification

Corresponding Researcher(s) Institute Contact
Franz J. Neyer Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena ;
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Julia Zimmermann FernUniversität Hagen ;
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The globalization of life has turned mobility into an essential feature of everyday life. This implies that individuals must engage with questions regarding their geographical placement, which in turn means that regional identification may be relevant for individuals in the 21st century (cf. Zimmermann et al. , submitted for publication; Schubach, Zimmermann, Noack, & Neyer, in press). It was therefore measured with one single item with the established SOEP item on regional identification.

Data availability: 04/2016

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Self-Evaluation and Overconfidence in Different Life Domains

Corresponding Researcher(s) Institute Contact
Nicolas Ziebarth Cornell University, Ithaca/ NY, USA ;
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We measure overconfidence in various domains of life and over several waves. These measures, in combination with the rich panel structure in the SOEP, allow us to examine the prevalence of overconfidence in different domains and how overconfidence responds to life events. We also investigate how overconfidence affects labor-market outcomes.

Data availability: 04/2017

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Self-Regulated Personality Development

Corresponding Researcher(s) Institute Contact
Jule Specht Free University of Berlin ;
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Marie Hennecke University of Zurich, Switzerland ;
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We are interested in identifying why and through which processes personality is changing throughout adulthood by analyzing whether individuals actively change their own personality traits. Specifically, we measure (a) the subjective desirability of personality change, (b) the subjective feasibility of personality change, and (c) actual personality change.

Data availability: 04/2018

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Separating Systematic Measurement Error Components Using MTMM in Longitudinal Studies

Corresponding Researcher(s) Institute Contact
Alexandru Cernat University of Essex, UK ;
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Daniel Oberski Tilburg University, NL ;
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In this project we develop a new research design that enables us to measure and disentangle multiple types of error: method, social desirability, acquiescence (tendency to select first category) and random error. Furthermore, we investigate how these errors change in time and how they compare cross-culturally.

Data availability: 04/2017

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Sleep Characteristics

Corresponding Researcher(s) Institute Contact
Andreas Stang Martin-Luther Universität Halle-Wittenberg ;
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Melanie Zinkhan

The instrument compiled from several validated questionnaires allows the assessment of the following characteristics: sleep quality, sleep disturbances at night, chronotype, sleep onset latency, daytime sleepiness, sleep efficiency, sleep duration, sleep-related breathing disorders, sleep hygiene, sleep environment, daytime naps, reasons for daytime naps, and start of regular naps.

Data availability: 04/2016

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Socio-economic Effects of Physical Activity

Corresponding Researcher(s) Institute Contact
Michael Lechner University of St. Gallen, Switzerland ;
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Tim Pawlowski University of Tübingen ;
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To overcome the lack of reliable measures of physical activity, this SOEP-IS module consists of thoroughly developed questions on the kind of physical activity, the frequency and intensity, as well as, the organizational format a sport is practiced and the possible persistence of activity patterns over the span of life.

Data availability: 04/2016

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The Big Two Psychological Content Dimensions: Agency and Communion

Corresponding Researcher(s) Institute Contact
Jochen E. Gebauer University of Mannheim ;
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Agency (competent, clever, influential, able) and communion (warm, helpful, empathic, caring) constitute the fundamental content dimensions in personality, group-perception, and values. Accordingly, this module includes self-reports of agency and communion as personality traits, personal values, and societal values. It also includes an implicit association test, measuring agency vs. communion via reaction times.

Data availability: 04/2015

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