Family sociological research

Family and partnership are constantly changing in modern society. Forms of cohabitation and family structures have become more dynamic than in previous generations.


Together with partners and clients from science and politics, infas has traced these developments in numerous studies. In the context of empirical research on family sociology, more and more diverse family constellations have to be recorded and depicted. This is only possible with sufficiently complex collection processes, for example, when it comes to questioning all the members of a family, even if they do not live together in a household.

Our range of services in family sociology research includes:

  • Attendant recruitment and culling within families,
  • Surveys in which the process and the survey instrument depict complete family structures,
  • longitudinal studies or panel surveys with families,
  • Comply with all legal and ethical requirements for the conduct of studies with families, especially with children.



Doris Hess
Head of Department Social Research
Tel. +49(0)228/38 22-413
Dr. Jacob Steinwede
Head of Department Social Research
+49(0)228/38 22-408