ERIC Number: ED201562
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
The Monitoring the Future Project: Design and Procedures. Monitoring the Future Occasional Paper 1.
Bachman, Jerald G.; Johnston, Lloyd D.
As an aid to people who want detailed information on the methodology of the project "Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of the Lifestyles and Values of Youth," information is presented on the scope and purposes of the project, study design and procedures, data collection procedures, measurement content, and questionnaire format. The project was designed to provide an ongoing assessment of the changing behaviors, plans, and preferences of American youth. The study involved a nationwide survey of each new high school senior class in over 130 secondary schools since 1975. In addition, annual follow-up surveys are mailed to members of each class for a six-year period after graduation to determine changes in attitude regarding personal lifestyles, confidence in social institutions, intergroup and interpersonal attitudes, concerns about conservation and ecology, behavior and attitudes related to drug use, and other social and ethical issues. The document is presented in four major sections. In section one, the scope and purposes of the project are outlined. In section two, the research design is described. Information is presented on the rationale, base-year data collections, and follow-up data collections. Section three focuses on measures, including monitored and background variables, high school and post-high school experiences, and questionnaire organization and format. Information is also presented on sample representativeness and response validity. The final section examines analysis strategies and stresses the need for multi-cohort longitudinal data. The document concludes with appendices which offer information on sampling procedures, questionnaire items, measures, study description, instructions to teachers, and a flyer to senior students. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Action Office for Drug Abuse Prevention, Washington, DC.; National Inst. on Drug Abuse (DHEW/PHS), Rockville, MD.
Authoring Institution: Michigan Univ., Ann Arbor. Inst. for Social Research.
Note: For a related document, see UD 021 147. Appendices may not reproduce clearly from EDRS in paper copy or microfiche due to some smearing of ink and different boldness of print type.