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

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Peggy C. Giordano, Bowling Green State University; Monica A. Longmore, Bowling Green State University; Wendy D. Manning, Bowling Green State University


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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.

Giordano, Peggy C., Longmore, Monica A., and Manning, Wendy D. Toledo Adolescent Relationships Study (TARS): Wave 1, 2001. Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2011-09-26.

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

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  1. 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.


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.

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



2018-02-15 The citation of this study may have changed due to the new version control system that has been implemented. The previous citation was:
  • 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.

2011-09-26 Data usage agreement was updated.



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