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Information for participants

Dear participants of the Cologne High School Panel!

The Cologne Gymnasium Panel has been accompanying you on your path through life since 1969! We would like to thank you very much for remaining loyal to us over this long period of time and for supporting our project.

At the beginning of 2018 the fourth re-survey has started. The project is carried out jointly by the Institute of Sociology and Social Psychology at the University of Cologne and the Institute for Social Work and Social Policy at the University of Duisburg-Essen. The surveys were conducted by telephone in the CATI laboratory of the University of Cologne by our interviewers between July 2019 and January 2020. The interviews usually lasted about one hour.

Since the value of such a research project stands and falls with the number of interviews conducted, because only a sufficiently large sample allows reliable statements about statistical correlations even in small groups, we are dependent on your willingness to participate in the interview. We guarantee that the interview and the subsequent statistical analysis of the pseudonymised data will be conducted in strict compliance with data protection regulations, as in previous surveys, and that the data will be used exclusively for scientific purposes.


Results of the fourth follow-up survey

We have compiled the initial, basic results of the fourth re-survey in a brief report for you. 

Besides general information on the CHisP, you will also find details on sociodemographic characteristics such as the age, gender, education and marital status of the respondents. In addition, the brief report provides an overview of how attitudes (e.g., religiosity, political interest) and the importance of areas of life change over the life course, whether there are differences in life satisfaction, how one´s life is evaluated at the average age of 66, and more. Simply click on the link below and the report will open as a PDF (in german). 

Kurzbericht. Erste Ergebnisse der vierten Wiederbefragung des Kölner Gymnasiastenpanels (KGP).

Results of the third follow-up survey

Here you will find a short report on the most important results obtained from the data of the third re-survey in 2010 (in german). Simply click on the link below and the report will open as a PDF.

Lebensdeutung und Lebensplanung als Aufgaben der Lebensmitte. Eine Zusammenfassung wichtiger Ergebnisse des Kölner Gymnasiastenpanels.

A more comprehensive publication is the anthology by Klaus Birkelbach & Heiner Meulemann (2017): Lebensdeutung und Lebensplanung in der Lebensmitte. From grammar school to retirement planning. Wiesbaden: Springer VS. Online to be found at:

Do you have any questions or comments?

Of course we are at your disposal if you have any questions or comments or if you would like to read certain texts from our publication list.

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