Monitoring the Future (MTF) Series

The Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of the Lifestyles and Values of Youth annual surveys were designed to explore changes in important values, behaviors, and lifestyle orientations of contemporary American youth. The surveys began in 1975 with 12th-grade students only. Eighth- and 10th-grade student surveys were added in 1991 under the title Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of American Youth (8th- and 10th-Grade Surveys) and, in 1996, the designation "12th-Grade Survey" was added to the titles of the subsequent 12th-grade surveys. When examining the issues covered by the series, two general types of tasks may be distinguished. The first task is to provide a systematic and accurate description of the youth population of interest in a given year and to quantify the direction and rate of change occurring over time. The second task, more analytic than descriptive, involves the explanation of the relationships and trends observed. 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 roles of women, 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. For a guide to the questions asked each year in each questionnaire, along with their subject areas and variable names, users may refer to the question indexes under the Reports & Related Sites link below.

For more information, visit the Monitoring the Future Web site.

Years Produced: Annually. Note: the 1975 data is not available. Data available from NAHDAP are the annual cross-sectional datasets

Reports & Related Sites

Data in the Series

Study
Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of American Youth (8th- and 10th-Grade Surveys), 2010
Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of American Youth (12th-Grade Survey), 2010
Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of American Youth (8th- and 10th-Grade Surveys), 2012
Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of the Lifestyles and Values of Youth, 1990
Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of American Youth (12th-Grade Survey), 2008
Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of American Youth, 1976 [Restricted-Use]
Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of American Youth, 1977 [Restricted-Use]
Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of American Youth, 1978 [Restricted-Use]
Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of American Youth, 1979 [Restricted-Use]
Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of the Lifestyles and Values of Youth, 1988
Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of American Youth, 1980 [Restricted-Use]
Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of American Youth, 1981 [Restricted-Use]
Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of American Youth (12th-Grade Survey), 2012
Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of American Youth, 1982 [Restricted-Use]
Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of American Youth (8th- and 10th-Grade Surveys), 1996
Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of American Youth, 1983 [Restricted-Use]
Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of American Youth, 1984 [Restricted-Use]
Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of American Youth, 1985 [Restricted-Use]
Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of American Youth, 1986 [Restricted-Use]
Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of American Youth, 1987 [Restricted-Use]
Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of American Youth, 1988 [Restricted-Use]
Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of American Youth, 1989 [Restricted-Use]
Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of the Lifestyles and Values of Youth, 1981
Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of American Youth (8th- and 10th-Grade Surveys), 2014
Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of American Youth, 1990 [Restricted-Use]
Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of American Youth (12th-Grade Survey), 2006
Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of American Youth (8th- and 10th-Grade Surveys), 2015
Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of American Youth, 1991 [Restricted-Use]
Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of American Youth (12th-Grade Survey), 2015
Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of American Youth, 1992 [Restricted-Use]
Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of American Youth, 1976-1992: Concatenated Core File [Restricted-Use]
Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of American Youth (12th-Grade Survey), 1995
Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of American Youth, 1993 [Restricted-Use]
Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of American Youth, 1994 [Restricted-Use]
Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of American Youth, 1995 [Restricted-Use]
Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of American Youth, 1996 [Restricted-Use]
Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of American Youth, 1997 [Restricted-Use]
Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of American Youth, 1998 [Restricted-Use]
Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of American Youth, 1999 [Restricted-Use]
Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of American Youth, 2000 [Restricted-Use]
Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of American Youth, 2001 [Restricted-Use]
Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of American Youth, 2002 [Restricted-Use]
Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of American Youth, 2003 [Restricted-Use]
Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of American Youth, 2004 [Restricted-Use]
Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of American Youth, 2005 [Restricted-Use]
Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of American Youth, 2006 [Restricted-Use]
Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of American Youth, 2007 [Restricted-Use]
Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of American Youth, 2008 [Restricted-Use]
Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of American Youth, 2009 [Restricted-Use]
Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of American Youth (8th- and 10th-Grade Surveys), 2008
Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of American Youth, 2010 [Restricted-Use]
Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of American Youth, 2011 [Restricted-Use]
Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of American Youth, 2012 [Restricted-Use]
Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of American Youth, 2013 [Restricted-Use]
Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of American Youth, 2014 [Restricted-Use]
Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of the Lifestyles and Values of Youth, 1976-1992: Concatenated Core File
Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of American Youth, 2015 [Restricted-Use]
Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of American Youth, 2016 [Restricted-Use]
Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of the Lifestyles and Values of Youth, 1982
Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of American Youth (8th- and 10th-Grade Surveys), 1995
Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of American Youth (8th- and 10th-Grade Surveys), 2013
Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of American Youth (12th-Grade Survey), 2001
Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of the Lifestyles and Values of Youth, 1985
Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of American Youth (8th- and 10th-Grade Surveys), 2001
Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of American Youth (12th-Grade Survey), 2011
Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of American Youth (8th- and 10th-Grade Surveys), 2011
Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of American Youth (8th- and 10th-Grade Surveys), 2000
Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of American Youth (12th-Grade Survey), 2000
Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of the Lifestyles and Values of Youth, 1994
Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of the Lifestyles and Values of Youth, 1987
Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of American Youth (12th-Grade Survey), 1999
Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of American Youth (8th- and 10th-Grade Surveys), 1999
Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of the Lifestyles and Values of Youth, 1991
Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of American Youth (12th-Grade Survey), 2013
Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of American Youth (8th- and 10th-Grade Surveys), 2004
Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of American Youth (12th-Grade Survey), 2014
Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of American Youth (8th- and 10th-Grade Surveys), 2002
Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of American Youth (12th-Grade Survey), 2004
Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of American Youth (12th-Grade Survey), 2002
Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of American Youth (8th- and 10th-Grade Surveys), 1994
Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of American Youth (8th- and 10th-Grade Surveys), 1997
Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of American Youth (12th-Grade Survey), 1997
Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of American Youth (8th- and 10th-Grade Surveys), 2003
Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of American Youth (12th-Grade Survey), 2003
Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of the Lifestyles and Values of Youth, 1989
Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of American Youth (12th-Grade Survey), 2005
Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of American Youth (8th- and 10th-Grade Surveys), 2005
Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of American Youth (12th-Grade Survey), 2016
Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of American Youth (12th-Grade Survey), 1998
Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of American Youth (8th- and 10th-Grade Surveys), 2016
Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of American Youth (8th- and 10th-Grade Surveys), 1998
Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of the Lifestyles and Values of Youth, 1983
Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of the Lifestyles and Values of Youth, 1984
Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of American Youth (12th-Grade Survey), 2007
Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of American Youth (8th- and 10th-Grade Surveys), 2006
Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of American Youth (8th- and 10th-Grade Surveys), 1991
Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of American Youth (8th- and 10th-Grade Surveys), 1992
Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of American Youth (8th- and 10th-Grade Surveys), 1993
Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of the Lifestyles and Values of Youth, 1980
Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of American Youth (12th-Grade Survey), 1996
Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of the Lifestyles and Values of Youth, 1993
Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of American Youth (8th- and 10th-Grade Surveys), 2007
Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of American Youth (12th-Grade Survey), 2009
Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of American Youth (8th- and 10th-Grade Surveys), 2009
Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of the Lifestyles and Values of Youth, 1992
Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of the Lifestyles and Values of Youth, 1976
Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of the Lifestyles and Values of Youth, 1977
Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of the Lifestyles and Values of Youth, 1978
Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of the Lifestyles and Values of Youth, 1979
Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of the Lifestyles and Values of Youth, 1986