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SOEP-IS Innovative Modules

  • Adaptive General Ecological Behaviour Scale
  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Attitude Inferences and Interviewer Effects
  • Comparing Measures of Experiential and Evaluative Well-Being
  • Computer-Assisted Measurement and Coding of Educational Qualifications in Surveys (CAMCES)
  • Confusion, Hubbub, and Order Scale (CHAOS)
  • Conspiracy Mentality Questionnaire (CMQ)
  • Control Strivings
  • Cross-Cultural Study of Happiness
  • Day Reconstruction Method
  • Decisions from Description and Experience
  • Determinants of Attitudes to Income Redistribution
  • Diversity of Living-Apart-Together-Couple
  • Determinants of Not Wanting to Know
  • Emotion Regulation
  • Expected Financial Market Earnings
  • Experience Sampling Method
  • Fear of Dementia
  • Finding Efficient Question Format for Long List Questions
  • Future Life Events
  • Impostor Phenomenon
  • Inattentional Blindness
  • Internalized Gender Stereotypes Vary Across Socioeconomic Indicators
  • Job Preferences and Willingness to Accept Job Offers
  • Job Task Survey
  • Just Sustainable Development Based on the Capability Approach (GeNECA)
  • Justice Sensitivity
  • Lottery Play: Expenditure, Frequency, and Explanatory Variables
  • Narcissistic Admiration and Rivalry Questionnaire (NARQ-S)
  • Ostracism Modul
  • Pension Claims
  • Preference for Leisure
  • Regional Identification
  • Self-Evaluation and Overconfidence in Different Life Domains
  • Self-Regulated Personality Development
  • Separating Systematic Measurement Error Components Using MTMM in Longitudinal Studies
  • Sleep Characteristics
  • Socio-economic Effects of Physical Activity
  • The Big Two Psychological Content Dimensions: Agency and Communion
  • 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 ;
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    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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    Attitude Inferences and Interviewer Effects

    Corresponding Researcher(s) Institute Contact
    Simon Kühne DIW Berlin ;
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    Both respondents and interviewers were asked about their attitudes towards ongoing political and social issues. In addition, information on the mutual perceptions of respondents and interviewers was obtained. The unique database provides new opportunities for investigating the mechanisms underlying the occurrence of interviewer effects in face-to-face surveys.

    Data availability: 04/2018


    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 ;
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    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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    Diversity of Living-Apart-Together-Couple

    Corresponding Researcher(s) Institute Contact
    Nicole Hameister Deutsches Zentrum für Altersfragen ;
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    Couples who live apart together (LAT), i.e. who do not share a household, do so for a variety of reasons. We measure two major indicators to determine respondents’ LAT type: how easily cohabitation would be feasible and how much respondents would actually desire to live together in the future.

    Data availability: 04/2018


    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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    Emotion Regulation

    Corresponding Researcher(s) Institute Contact
    Matthias Romppel University of Bremen ;
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    Using a short form of the Emotion Regulation Questionnaire (ERQ; Gross & John, 2003) we examine associations of the use of two habitual emotion regulation strategies, suppression and reappraisal, with demographic and socioeconomic characteristics, indicators of health, quality of life, and social functioning, and with life events and chronic stressors.

    Data availability: 04/2018

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    Expected Financial Market Earnings

    Corresponding Researcher(s) Institute Contact
    Tobias Schmidt

    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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    Experience Sampling Method

    Corresponding Researcher(s) Institute Contact
    Richard E. Lucas Michigan State University ;
    homepage

    Data availability: 04/2015


    Fear of Dementia

    Corresponding Researcher(s) Institute Contact
    Eva-Marie Kessler MSB Medical School Berlin ;
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    Data availability: 04/2015

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    Finding Efficient Question Format for Long List Questions

    Corresponding Researcher(s) Institute Contact

    Jessica Herzing

    Silke L. Schneider

    University of Mannheim

    GESIS – Leibniz-Institut für Sozialwissenschaften in Mannheim

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    Data availability: 04/2015


    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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    Impostor Phenomenon

    Corresponding Researcher(s) Institute Contact
    Mirjam Neureiter Universität Salzburg ;
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    The IP-Module includes a short scale of the CIPS to assess the impostor phenomenon. The impostor phenomenon describes an internal experience of intellectual and professional phoniness despite objective evidence indicating the opposite. Sufferers are unable to internalize their successful experiences and tend to neglect the objective evidence of their competence

    Data availability: 04/2018

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    Inattentional Blindness

    Corresponding Researcher(s) Institute Contact
    Dalton Conley Princeton University ;
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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 ;
    homepage

    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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    Ostracism Modul

    Corresponding Researcher(s) Institute Contact
    Selma Rudert University of Basel ;
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    Ostracism, to be excluded and ignored by others, is a threatening and painful experience for individuals. The Ostracism model assesses how often people felt ignored or excluded within the previous two months.

    Data availability: 04/2018


    Pension Claims

    Corresponding Researcher(s) Institute Contact
    Markus Grabka DIW Berlin ;
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    Preference for Leisure

    Corresponding Researcher(s) Institute Contact
    Marion Collewet Université catholique de Louvain (UCL) ;
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    The module aims at deriving measures of labour supply preferences at the individual level from hypothetical questions. Four questions ask respondents what change in earnings would compensate them for a change in their weekly working time. One question measures how their labour supply would change after a shock to their non-earned income.

    Data availability: 04/2018

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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 Humboldt 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 Manchester, UK ;
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    Daniel Oberski Utrecht 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

    Universitätsklinikum Essen

    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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