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

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Survey Research Center. Institute for Social Research. University of Michigan

This is an external resource to which ICPSR links as a courtesy. These data are not available from ICPSR. Users should consult the data owners (via Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of American Youth) directly for details on obtaining these resources.


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

United States Department of Health and Human Services. National Institutes of Health. National Institute on Drug Abuse
This data series is accessible through the National Addiction and HIV Data Archive. For details, visit NAHDAP's Monitoring the Future Series.

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