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Space-Time Adolescent Risk Study

Welcome to the STARS study homepage

The Space-Time Adolescent Risk Study (STARS) is a study about daily routines and safety and violence in the urban setting. Funding for the study comes from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse & Alcoholism (R01AA014944). Our goal is to better understand how the things adolescents do, and the places adolescents go, during the course of their daily activities relate to how safe they are, and to the likelihood they will be assaulted.

STARS is based in Philadelphia and the individuals who are involved as participants in the research are adolescents between the ages of 10 and 24 years. The study is currently in the data collection phase. This involves conducting interviews with adolescents and young adults who have recently been injured in an assault and treated for their injuries at a hospital, and also with a comparison group of adolescents: adolescents (not injured) who we are recruiting from across Philadelphia by making phone calls to home telephone numbers randomly.

This study was launched in 2005 and is scheduled to be completed in 2010. Additional information can be found on the other pages of this website.


• Last updated: 11/12/2012