Monitoring the Future is an ongoing study of the behaviors, attitudes, and values of Americans from adolescence through adulthood. Each year, a total of approximately 50,000 8th, 10th and 12th grade students are surveyed (12th graders since 1975, and 8th and 10th graders since 1991). In addition, annual follow-up questionnaires are mailed to a sample of each graduating class for a number of years after their initial participation. The Monitoring the Future Study has been funded under a series of investigator-initiated competing research grants from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, a part of the National Institutes of Health. MTF is conducted at the
Survey Research Center in the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan.

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Recent Publications

"Marijuana, hallucinogen use at all-time high among young adults"

Monitoring the Future Panel Study annual report: National data on substance use among adults ages 19 to 60, 1976-2021 is now available.

Monitoring the Future national survey results on drug use, 1975-2021: Volume I, Secondary school students is now available.

Monitoring the Future national survey results on drug use, 1975-2021: Overview, key findings on adolescent drug use is now available.

"Teen use of illicit drugs decreased in 2021, as the COVID-19 pandemic continued"

HIV/AIDS: Risk & Protective Behaviors among Adults ages 21 to 30 in the U.S. 2004-2020 is now available.

Other Significant Publications

Monitoring the Future: Questionnaire Responses From the Nation's High School Seniors. Monitoring the Future 12th-grade descriptive results for nearly 2,000 items are now available in annual volumes for 1975 through 2012. Comparison between volumes allows readers to understand the changes in viewpoints, attitudes, and experiences of young people over the past 36 years. Questions include drug use and views about drugs, delinquency and victimization, changing roles for women, confidence in social institutions, concerns about energy and ecology, and social and ethical attitudes.

The Education-Drug Use Connection is now available. This book focuses on the fact that adolescents who do well in school are less likely to smoke, drink, or do drugs. It addresses the question: Which comes first -- drug use or school failure? See a description of the book or the related press release.

The European School Survey Project on Alcohol and Other Drugs (ESPAD) completed its fifth data collection in 2011 in a collaborative effort in nearly 40 European countries. Modeled largely after Monitoring the Future, this series of surveys reports national survey results on 15- and 16-year olds and MTF data from 10th-graders are included. The goal is to compare and track substance use among countries.

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