Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of American Youth (ICPSR 36646)

Alternate Title:   MTF

Principal Investigator(s): Survey Research Center. Institute for Social Research. University of Michigan

Summary:

Monitoring the Future is an ongoing study of the behaviors, attitudes, and values of American secondary school students, college students, and young adults. 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.

Each year, large, distinct, nationally representative samples of 8th-, 10th-, and 12th-grade students in the United States are asked to respond to drug use and demographic questions, as well as to additional questions on a variety of subjects, including attitudes toward religion, parental influences, changing gender roles, educational aspirations, self-esteem, exposure to sex and drug education, and violence and crime - both in and out of school. In each grade, students are randomly assigned to complete questionnaires with a subset of topical questions in addition to a set of core questions on demographics and drug use. Each form of the questionnaire generates a corresponding data file.

Arts and culture-related data from the Monitoring the Future series includes the following topics:

  • Participation in school activities, such as music or other performing arts, sports teams, and school newspaper or yearbook clubs
  • Participation in leisure activities and hobbies, such as arts and crafts, reading, watching TV, creative writing, and sports
  • Cultural event attendance, such as music concerts, rock concerts, and movies

Access Notes

  • These data are not available from ICPSR. Users should consult the data owners directly for details on obtaining these resources.

Study Description

Funding

This study was funded by:

  • United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Institutes of Health. National Institute on Drug Abuse

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    adolescents, clubs, concerts, hobbies, leisure, music, performing arts, reading, sports participation, students, youths

Geographic Coverage:    United States

Universe:    8th, 10th, and 12th graders in the United States

Data Collection Notes:

This data series is accessible through the National Addiction and HIV Data Archive. For details, visit NAHDAP's Monitoring the Future Series.