FSD2247 Nordic Family Interviews 1996: English Summaries

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  • Blom, Raimo (University of Tampere. Department of Sociology and Social Psychology)
  • Leiulfsrud, Håkon (University of Trondheim. Department of Sociology and Political Science)
  • Melin, Harri (University of Tampere. Department of Sociology and Social Psychology)
  • Oinonen, Eriikka (University of Tampere. Department of Sociology and Social Psychology)
  • Savolainen, Raija (University of Jyväskylä. Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy. Unit of Sociology)


children, economic activity, economic conditions, economic recession, families, family life, leisure time, life histories, living conditions, social class, social life


The data consist of summaries in English of family interviews conducted in Finnish, focusing on changes in the lives of families with children in 1990s Finland. The original interviews and summaries in Finnish are archived in the dataset FSD2246. The interviews were conducted in 1996 in Tampere and Jyväskylä regions in 23 families.

Adult family members were interviewed both together and separately. In the joint interviews, spouses were asked about family composition, housing, household income, changes in the family in the 1990s, and taste in tv programs, clothes, food and decoration. In the individual interviews, the main topics included the respondents' life history, educational and employment history, organisation of everyday life, children and their upbringing, daycare and school, job, ideas of social class and politics, and social networks. Seven children, aged 6-13, were interviewed about their everyday life at home and outside home, leisure activities, housing and environment, taste in food, movies, books and clothes, changes in life, future expectations, school and homework, relationship with parents, the family's social class, and social networks.

The data comprise 26 summaries with a total length of 237 pages.

The interview summaries and child interview questions are available in English.

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