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ISSP2017: Social Networks III

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posted on 2019-08-02, 02:28 authored by Barry MilneBarry Milne, Lara GreavesLara Greaves, Ngaire KerseNgaire Kerse, Martin von RandowMartin von Randow

The third International Social Survey Programme (ISSP) survey by COMPASS Research Centre at the University of Auckland.

A verbose rundown on topics covered follows.

Social relations and social networks. Number of adult brothers and sisters; frequency of personal (visits, meetings) and non-personal contacts (telephone, letter, fax or email) with the parents, brothers and sisters and own children; time for the journey to where the mother lives, frequency of the contacts to relatives (uncles and aunts, cousins, parents-in-law, brothers-in-law or sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews, godparents); number of close friends at work place, in the neighbourhood, and in general; sex of best close friend; frequency of contact to the best friend; participation in activities of groups like sports club, charitable organisation, neighbourhood, political party, an association, and a church or religious organisation.

First and second contact person for support in respondent's household, at money problems and in case of a depression; frequency of helping others in household, by loaning money, by talking to depressed persons and in giving help at job search; information source at the search for the present job; importance of character traits of close friends: Intelligence, helpfulness, understanding and enjoyable company (scale); attitude to the moral obligation of adult children to care for their parents; people who are better off should help friends who are less well off; attitude to development of friendships to once own advantage; attitude to a state responsibility to provide the childcare and an adequate standard of living for old people; personal luck assessment; feeling of being overused by family, relatives or friends; trust in neighbours (scale); duration of living at the place of residence; political efficacy; frequency of political discussions with friends.

Demography: sex; age; marital-status; education; current employment status; hours worked weekly; occupation; working for private or public sector or self-employed; if self-employed: number of employees; supervisor function; trade union membership; current employment status; earnings; family income; household size; religious denomination; attendance of religious services; size of community; type of community: urban-rural area; ethnicity.



We sampled from electoral rolls in 12 strata, basing sizes on response rates in the 2016 survey.


People on the electoral rolls, so aged 18 or over, and at least a New Zealand Permanent Resident.

Data Collector

COMPASS Research Centre, the University of Auckland.

Mode of Collection

Mail survey, with the option to complete online via Qualtrics. 3,876 participants were selected.


A weight is provided, to make respondents representative of the original stratified sample.

Series Information

The ISSP is an annual cross-national collaboration on surveys in the social sciences.


University of Auckland

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