Teen and Parent Surveys of Health (TAPS)

NORC at the University of Chicago has partnered with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH) to conduct the Teen and Parent Surveys of Health (TAPS). The overall goals of TAPS are to describe the prevalence of key factors of interest that protect adolescents from harm, including family and school-level protective factors, health education, and receipt of health services. TAPS also seeks to describe how these factors are related to key health behaviors and experiences of adolescents like sexual behavior, mental health, substance use, and violence.

TAPS includes two online, cross-sectional surveys, the first with a national sample of adolescent respondents ages 15-19 and the second with the parents and caregivers of 15-17 year old adolescents participating in the adolescent survey, to supply data that can be matched between adolescent minors and their parents/caregivers. Both surveys will be conducted using NORC’s AmeriSpeak online panel. Developed and funded by NORC, AmeriSpeak is the most scientifically rigorous panel solution available in the United States.

TAPS will be administered in late 2021 or early 2022. With input from national experts in adolescent health, topics assessed in TAPS include parent-adolescent communication; neighborhood connectedness and safety; health education in schools; experiences with racism; sources of health information; use of preventive health care services; dating violence; sexual behavior; and experiences of stress, anxiety, and depression.

Data and analysis from TAPS will be used to support CDC’s ongoing nationwide efforts to promote the health and well-being of adolescents, their families, and schools.

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