ERIC Number: ED435923
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
The Aims and Objectives of the Monitoring the Future Study and Progress toward Fulfilling Them. Monitoring the Future Occasional Paper No. 34. Second Edition.
Johnston, Lloyd D.; O'Malley, Patrick M.; Schulenberg, John; Bachman, Jerald G.
This paper presents information from the ongoing research program, Monitoring the Future. The program is designed to: (1) monitor drug use and potential explanatory factors among American secondary school students, and other young adults; (2) distinguish which of three different kinds of change--maturational, historical, and/or cohort are occurring for various types of drug use; and (3) study causes, consequences, and maturational patterns associated with these different types of changes in drug use. Some 50,000 secondary school students in 435 schools are surveyed annually for the program. A follow-up survey of graduated classes yields a young adult sample of about 11,000 respondents in the age range of 19 to 32. The paper is divided into two parts. Part 1 contains the theoretical background and conceptual framework, and Part 2 elaborates on the ten objectives, their rationale, and presents a synopsis of progress to date. Some objectives include monitoring drug use and potential explanations in grades 8, 10, 12, among young adults and with ages 34 and 40; distinguishing period, age, and cohort effects; explaining secular trends and cohort differences; assessing the consequences of drug use; studying frequent or heavy-users; studying various under-represented groups; and the methodological, policy and other contributions to the field. (Contains 527 references.) (JDM)
Descriptors: Adolescent Development, Adults, Behavior Change, Behavior Patterns, Behavioral Science Research, Cocaine, Cultural Context, Data Analysis, Data Interpretation, Developmental Stages, Drinking, Drug Use, Environmental Influences, Grade 10, Grade 8, High School Seniors, Illegal Drug Use, Late Adolescents, Marijuana, Marriage, Multivariate Analysis, Questionnaires, Research Methodology, School Role, Secondary Education, Smoking, Social Behavior, Sociocultural Patterns, Student Surveys, Trend Analysis, Young Adults
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: Michigan Univ., Ann Arbor. Inst. for Social Research.