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Toledo Adolescent Relationships Study (TARS): Wave 2, 2002 (ICPSR 32081)

Principal Investigator(s): Giordano, Peggy C., Bowling Green State University; Longmore, Monica A., Bowling Green State University; Manning, Wendy D., Bowling Green State University


This study explores the relationship qualities and the subjective meanings that motivate adolescent behavior. More specifically, this study seeks to examine the nature and meaning of adolescent relationship experiences (e.g., with family, peers, and dating partners) in an effort to discover how experiences associated with age, gender, race, and ethnicity influence the meaning of dating relationships. The study further investigates the relative impact of dating partners and peers on sexual behavior and contraceptive practices, as well as involvement in other problem behaviors that can contribute independently to sexual risk taking. The longitudinal design of the Toledo Adolescent Relationships Study (TARS) includes a schedule of follow-up interviews occurring one, three, and five years after the initial interview. Three waves of data have been collected (2001, 2002, and 2004) and a fourth wave is scheduled for collection (2006). Data were collected from adolescent respondents through structured in-home interviews utilizing laptop computers. In-depth interviews were conducted at the first wave with a subsample (n=100) of the respondents. Parent data was collected via a short, self-administered questionnaire at the first wave.

Series: Toledo Adolescent Relationships Study (TARS) Series

Access Notes

  • One or more files in this data collection have special restrictions ; consult the restrictions note to learn more. You can apply online for access to the restricted-use data. A login is required to apply.

    This data collection may not be used for any purpose other than statistical reporting and analysis. Use of these data to learn the identity of any person or establishment is prohibited. To protect respondent privacy, all data files in this collection are restricted from general dissemination. To obtain these restricted files, researchers must agree to the terms and conditions of a Restricted Data Use Agreement.

    Any public-use data files in this collection are available for access by the general public. Access does not require affiliation with an ICPSR member institution.


DS1:  Adolescent Data
No downloadable data files available.
DS2:  Weights
No downloadable data files available.

Study Description


Giordano, Peggy C., Monica A. Longmore, and Wendy D. Manning. Toledo Adolescent Relationships Study (TARS): Wave 2, 2002. ICPSR32081-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2011-09-26.

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This study was funded by:

  • United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Institutes of Health. Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (R01HD036223)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    adolescents, birth control, contraception, dating (social), educational environment, families, family planning, family relationships, family structure, friendships, household composition, living arrangements, marriage, neighborhood characteristics, neighborhoods, parent child relationship, parental attitudes, parental influence, sexual attitudes, sexual behavior, social environment

Smallest Geographic Unit:    county

Geographic Coverage:    Ohio, Toledo, United States

Time Period:   

  • 2002--2003

Date of Collection:   

  • 2002--2003

Unit of Observation:    individual

Universe:    Adolescents in the 7th, 9th, and 11th grade during the 2000-2001 school year, and their parents in Lucas County, Ohio.

Data Type(s):    survey data

Data Collection Notes:

The Wave 2 data is the second wave of TARS data archived with DSDR. Waves 3 and 4 of the TARS data will be archived as they become available.


Sample:    The sampling frame was derived from public and private school enrollment records in Lucas County, Ohio. School attendance, however, was not a requirement for inclusion. A stratified, random sample (n=1,316) was then drawn from all 7th, 9th, and 11th grade youth residing in Lucas County in the fall of 2000.

Time Method:    Longitudinal

Weight:    Weights are provided in Dataset 2.

Mode of Data Collection:    computer-assisted personal interview (CAPI), face-to-face interview, self-enumerated questionnaire

Extent of Processing:   ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Standardized missing values.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


Original ICPSR Release:   2011-09-26

Version History:

  • 2011-10-04 Releasing documentation publicly

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