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LIfBi extends its data portfolio with external research data for the first time: Prepared data on health behavior and accident occurrence in school age now available


With the release of the Scientific Use File of the panel study "Health Behavior and Injuries in School Age" (Gesundheitsverhalten und Unfallgeschehen im Schulalter, GUS), a first data package generated entirely outside the Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories has been integrated into LIfBi's research data infrastructure. The acquisition took place within the framework of a project funding by the Consortium for the Social, Behavioral, Educational and Economic Sciences (KonsortSWD).

The GUS study is a panel survey conducted by the Research Centre of Demographic Change (FZDW) at the Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences and funded by the German Social Accident Insurance (DGUV) with around 10,000 participating students nationwide. The in-class surveys were realized at annual intervals from the 5th grade (2014/15) to the 10th grade (2019/20) by using computer-assisted instruments.

The primary focus of the study is on identifying and analyzing the causes of accidents and injuries in school sports, in the schoolyard, in the school building and on the way to and from school. In addition to detailed responses with regard to accident biographies and health-related behaviors, the survey program includes a number of indicators that allow further research questions to be addressed concerning everyday school life and education-related developments. There are information on the personality, family environment, academic performance and social situation of the students, as well as data from the heads of schools and the interviewers.

The Scientific Use File (doi:10.5157/GUS:SUF:1.0) is provided free of charge by the Research Data Center at LIfBi and comprises the survey data of all study participants across all six survey waves integrated into one dataset. The data are available in Stata and SPSS formats with German and English language labels. Details on the design of the study, the instruments used, and the structure of the Scientific Use File can be found in the supplementary documents. To get started with the GUS data, it is particularly recommended to read the Data Manual. A prerequisite for the download and use of the data is the conclusion of a Data Use Agreement with LIfBi.

For more information and the required forms for data access, please visit the corresponding project website.