Life Course

Longitudinal analysis over the life course is crucial for the assessment of the impact of individual and public decisions and events on people’s lives and attitudes. FORS provides large longitudinal datasets regarding living conditions, values and attitudes in Switzerland and specialises in the analysis of longitudinal data.

Recent publications from FORS concerning Life Course research

Scientific publications of FORS collaborators
L’évolution du stress en Suisse – la première vague de la pandémie, une pause pour les personnes stressées / Die Entwicklung von Stress in der Schweiz – die erste Welle der Pandemie verschafft gestressten Menschen eine Pause. Klaas Hannah S., Kuhn Ursina, Refle Jan-Erik, Voorpostel Marieke, Ryser Valérie-Anne, Dasoki Nora, Tillmann Robin, 2021/07/05. Social change in Switzerland, 26. [DOI][serval:BIB_6BCB2EF1EFD7]

Einstellungen zur Geschlechtergleichstellung in der Schweiz, 2000-2017. Bornatici Christina, Gauthier Jacques-Antoine, Le Goff Jean-Marie, 2021/02/08. Social Change in Switzerland 25 pp. 1-13. [URN][DOI][serval:BIB_5043EBCFDE25]

Les attitudes envers l’égalité des genres en Suisse, 2000-2017. Bornatici Christina, Gauthier Jacques-Antoine, Le Goff Jean-Marie, 2021/02/08. Social Change in Switzerland 25 pp. 1-13. [URN][DOI][serval:BIB_2DD7DE9044C1]

Augmented wealth in Switzerland: the influence of pension wealth on wealth inequality. Kuhn Ursina, 2020/12. Swiss Journal of Economics and Statistics, 156 (1). [URN][DOI][serval:BIB_B562878B7716]

Changing Attitudes Towards Gender Equality in Switzerland (2000-2017): Period, Cohort and Life-Course Effects. Bornatici Christina, Gauthier Jacques-Antoine, Le Goff Jean-Marie, 2020/11/26. Swiss Journal of Sociology, 46 (3) pp. 559-585. Peer-reviewed. [URN][DOI][serval:BIB_2D56DA79E023]

Who is most affected by the Corona crisis? An analysis of changes in stress and well-being in Switzerland. Kuhn Ursina, Klaas Hannah S., Antal Erika, Dasoki Nora, Lebert Florence, Lipps Oliver, Monsch Gian-Andrea, Refle Jan-Erik, Ryser Valérie-Anne, Tillmann Robin et al., 2020/11/21. European Societies pp. 1-15. [URN][DOI][serval:BIB_CC8960BB56F5]

Early retirement as a privilege for the rich? A comparative analysis of Germany and Switzerland. Kuhn Ursina, Grabka Markus M., Suter Christian, 2020/11. Advances in Life Course Research p. 100392. [URN][DOI][serval:BIB_B708DE1702BF]

The Impact of COVID-19 Measures on Well-Being of Older Long-Term Care Facility Residents in the Netherlands. Van der Roest Henriëtte G., Prins Marleen, van der Velden Claudia, Steinmetz Stephanie, Stolte Elske, van Tilburg Theo G., de Vries Danny H., 2020/11. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association, 21 (11) pp. 1569-1570. Peer-reviewed. [URN][DOI][WoS][Pmid][serval:BIB_8289C5C74B2A]

Large loss in studying time during the closure of schools in Switzerland in 2020. Grätz Michael, Lipps Oliver, 2020/10/30. Research in Social Stratification and Mobility, 71 p. 100554. Peer-reviewed. [URN][DOI][Pmid][serval:BIB_8A0CE856F827]

The effect of unemployment on couples separating. Panel evidence for Germany, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. di Nallo Alessandro, Lipps Oliver, Oesch Daniel, Voorpostel Marieke, 2020/08/27. DIAL Working Papers 14 pp. 1-41. [URN][serval:BIB_BE1E3E5258D2]

Loneliness and Mental Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Study Among Dutch Older Adults. van Tilburg Theo G, Steinmetz Stephanie, Stolte Elske, van der Roest Henriëtte, de Vries Daniel H, 2020/08/05. The Journals of Gerontology: Series B. [URN][DOI][Pmid][serval:BIB_7859FF1085AD]

Views on a “Good Death”: End-of-Life Preferences and Their Association With Socio-Demographic Characteristics in a Representative Sample of Older Adults in Switzerland. Borrat-Besson Carmen, Vilpert Sarah, Borasio Gian Domenico, Maurer Jürgen, 2020/07/29. OMEGA – Journal of Death and Dying p. 003022282094507. [URN][DOI][Pmid][serval:BIB_4124A0A7998E]

Social, cultural and experiential patterning of attitudes and behaviour towards assisted suicide in Switzerland: evidence from a national population-based study. Vilpert S., Bolliger E., Borrat-Besson C., Borasio G.D., Maurer J., 2020/06/15. Swiss medical weekly, 150 pp. w20275. Peer-reviewed. [URN][DOI][Pmid][serval:BIB_C5A0875E9954]

Associations of end-of-life preferences and trust in institutions with public support for assisted suicide evidence from nationally representative survey data of older adults in Switzerland. Vilpert Sarah, Borrat-Besson Carmen, Borasio Gian Domenico, Maurer Jürgen, 2020/04/23. PLOS ONE, 15 (4) pp. e0232109. Peer-reviewed. [URN][DOI][WoS][Pmid][serval:BIB_73A2EDABF995]

Trapped in Precariousness? Risks and Opportunities of Female Immigrants and Natives Transitioning from Part-Time Jobs in Spain. Muñoz-Comet Jacobo, Steinmetz Stephanie, 2020/04/08. Work, Employment and Society p. 095001702090297. [DOI][WoS][serval:BIB_A4F8282876B9]

Understanding the reconstruction of personal networks through residential trajectories. Ganjour Olga, Viry Gil, Gauthier Jacques-Antoine, Widmer Eric D., Drevon Guillaume, Kaufmann Vincent, 2020. Migration Letters, 5 pp. 621-638. Peer-reviewed. [serval:BIB_C199CAD26884]

The social-origin gap in university graduation by gender and immigrant status: a cohort analysis for Switzerland. Combet Benita, Oesch Daniel, 2020. Longitudinal and Life Course Studies. [URN][DOI][serval:BIB_CEBE7E9F998E]

Being born to a single mother in France: trajectories of father’s involvement over the first year of life. Pailhé Ariane, Panico Lidia, Heers Marieke, 2020. Longitudinal and Life Course Studies, 11 (1) pp. 123-149. Peer-reviewed. [DOI][serval:BIB_1A1F6A96870A]

The social origin gap in university completion among youth with comparable school abilities in Switzerland. Combet Benita, Oesch Daniel, 2020. TREE Working Paper Series. [URN][serval:BIB_03C32120A6E7]

Diversité des trajectoires individuelles sur le long terme : apport des analyses longitudinales en général et de l’analyse de séquence en particulier. Gauthier Jacques-Antoine, 2020. Informations sociales, 1 (201) pp. 14-24. Peer-reviewed. [serval:BIB_1FD1AFB11B33]


For all scientific publications by FORS collaborators see here.

Papers from the FORS Working Paper Series
Contributions to blogs, newspapers and other non-scientific media
Comment le statut social des individus influence leur choix d’un partenaire? Ursina Kuhn, Laura Ravazzini, 30.05.2019, Tribu, RTS.

Comment se porte lʹunion libre? Valérie-Anne Ryser, 04.05.2019. 6h-9h, le samedi, La Première, RTS.

Pensionsansprüche: Vermögensungleichheit auf dem Prüfstand (only available in German). Kuhn Ursina, 04.12.2018Knoten & Maschen.

Quel est le secret du mariage? Valérie-Anne Ryser, 12.09.2018. RTS Avis d’experts.

Ils se séparent: qui s’endette? Henchoz CarolineWernli Boris, 02.07.2018 (only available in French)REISO, Revue d’information sociale. Peer-reviewed.

Nur unfreiwillige Teilzeitarbeit macht Väter unglücklich (also available in French). Ursina Kuhn, 16.07.2018. Defacto.

Poverty makes active ageing more difficult. Franziska Ehrler, Martina Guggisberg, 04.2018. Swiss federal statistics office, DEMOS 1/2018.

Teilzeit oder Vollzeit, was macht zufriedener? Die Antwort ist nicht dieselbe für Väter und Mütter (also available in French). Florence Lebert, Gian-Andrea Monsch, Valérie-Anne Ryser, Caroline Henchoz, Boris Wernli, 05.09.2017. Defacto.

Travailler, comment on s’arrête? Valérie-Anne Ryser, 06.09.2015. RTS, Avis d’experts.

Two major data sources for life course research

Swiss Household Panel

The Swiss Household Panel (SHP) follows the same households over the years. The household members are interviewed annually and answer a broad range of questions covering various domains of life and approaches in social science. The data collection started in 1999 with a sample of 5,074 household containing 12,931 household members. In 2004 a second sample of 2,538 households with a total of 6,569 household members was added; and since 2013 the SHP contains a third sample of 4’093 households and 9’945 individuals. Accordingly, the first households are followed for almost twenty years now. Thus, the Swiss Household Panel constitutes a rich and unique database for the social sciences and especially for life course research in terms of longitudinal survey data for Switzerland.

Survey on health, ageing and retirement in Europe SHARE

The SHARE study started interviewing people aged 50 or older in Europe in 2004. In the beginning Switzerland participated together with 10 other European countries and Israel. In the meantime almost twenty European countries participate in der survey. In Switzerland the same households were interviewed seven times until today, once every two years. The survey covers various topics and provides therefore individual panel data on health, socio-economic status and social and family networks. By providing panel data over 15 years, but also because certain waves contained detailed retrospective questions on the life course, the SHARE data constitutes a major source for life course research in Switzerland and Europe.