Toledo Adolescent Relationships Study (TARS): Wave 1, 2001 (ICPSR 4679)

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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 study are not available for download due to special restrictions ; consult the restrictions note to learn more. You can apply online for access to the data. A login is required to apply for access.

    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 TARS data files are restricted from general dissemination. Users interested in obtaining these data must complete an Agreement for the Use of Confidential Data, specify the reasons for the request, and obtain IRB approval or notice of exemption for their research. Apply for access to these data through the ICPSR restricted data contract portal, which can be accessed via the study home page .
  • These data are available to the general public.

  • Data Sharing for Demographic Research

    This study was originally processed, archived, and disseminated by Data Sharing for Demographic Research (DSDR), a project funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD).


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Study Description


Giordano, Peggy C., Monica A. Longmore, and Wendy D. Manning. Toledo Adolescent Relationships Study (TARS): Wave 1, 2001. ICPSR04679-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2008-01-09.

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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 (NICHD R01 HD036223-01)

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, parent child relationship, parental attitudes, parental influence, neighborhoods, neighborhood characteristics, sexual attitudes, sexual behavior, social environment

Geographic Coverage:   Ohio, Toledo, United States

Time Period:  

  • 2001

Date of Collection:  

  • 2001

Unit of Observation:   individual

Universe:   Adolescents in the 7th, 9th, and 11th grade and their parents in Lucas County, Ohio.

Data Types:   survey data

Data Collection Notes:

The Wave 1 data is the first wave of TARS data archived with DSDR. Waves 2-4 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.

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


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Version History:

  • 2011-09-26 Data usage agreement was updated.

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