The core mission of the Department of Social Monitoring and Methodology is to support DJI research work and to prepare and implement comprehensive and ongoing social reporting on the three main focus areas of childhood, youth and family in Germany. Official statistics and existing research are supplemented by the department’s own surveys. These aim to collect current, representative and if possible longitudinal information on households and families which relates to the three key areas. The department’s work covers the following specific fields:

The Integrated Survey AID:A (Aufwachsen In Deutschland : Alltagswelten) generates and analyses household and family-related information in the areas of childhood, youth and family. The survey is conducted in close cooperation with other organisational units of the DJI.

The situation of single mothers and fathers has been increasingly discussed in Germany for some time. This is also due to the fact that the number of single mothers and fathers has increased significantly in recent years, both in Germany and internationally. However, previous studies have focussed primarily on the economic situation of single-parent families. Comparatively little is known so far about family processes related to this way of life, about contacts with the other parent, about the care situation and other everyday questions.

In order to close this gap, 1376 parents were selected from a representative population survey (DJI-Kinderbetreuungsstudie U15) who, at the time of the survey (2016), lived in the same household with at least one child and without a partner. These individuals were asked to provide additional information on various aspects of their family life. These included questions about the parenting styles of the single parents, the frequency and quality of the contact with the parent living elsewhere, joint parental responsibilities, and the psychological well-being of the children and the parents themselves. Based on this information, the study provides a particularly detailed insight into the daily lives of single-parent families and a description of the particular challenges they face.

On behalf of the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth (BMFSFJ) the DJI conducts an annual survey of parents about the care of children under the age of fifteen (therefore: U15), which is representative for the federal states in Germany.

The DJI Childcare Study U15 follows on from an earlier study (2012-2015) examining the parental perspective on the care needs and the current care situation of children under three years of age at state and federal level. The DJI Childcare Study U15 goes beyond its predecessor by focusing, for the first time, on children from three to under fifteen years of age.

The focus of the study is on the current care situation, the parents' care wishes, expectations regarding the quality of care and the reasons for not taking up care.

Due to the high availability of data in empirical educational research, and in order to ensure the subsequent use of the data, there is an increased demand for good research data management as well as quality standards regarding the transfer of data to a research data centre or archive.

For this purpose, the project "Development and Testing of Curation Criteria and Quality Standards for Research Data in the Course of the Digital Change in the German Science System" develops Domain Data Protocols (DDPs) in order to simplify and professionalise the most important aspects of research data management in empirical educational research.

Regions and spaces are heterogeneous units. As living spaces with their own specific structure and culture, they are decisive for the development and life chances of the subjects living in them. Every place deviates from the average and it is worth taking a closer look.

Quality management in the field of empirical social research at the DJI through training and consulting, including the further development of training modules in empirical research.

Further development and expansion of the existing Intra/Internet services into a research data centre that feeds data from official statistics, data and findings from own research as well as from secondary analyses, interpretations and consulting into a system of documentation and distribution and provides both internal and external users with adequate information.

Head of Department

+49 89 62306-322
Deutsches Jugendinstitut
Nockherstr. 2
81541 Munich
Deputy Head of Department
Martina Gille
+49 89 62306-127

Department Profile

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