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ERIC Number: ED508295
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep
Pages: 758
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
Monitoring the Future: National Survey Results on Drug Use, 1975-2008. Volume I, Secondary School Students. NIH Publication No. 09-7402
Johnston, Lloyd D.; O'Malley, Patrick M.; Bachman, Jerald G.; Schulenberg, John E.
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
The Monitoring the Future study has provided the nation with a window into the important, but largely hidden, problem behaviors of illicit drug use, alcohol use, and tobacco use. It has provided a clearer view of the changing topography of these problems among adolescents and adults, a better understanding of the dynamics of factors that drive some of these problems, and a better understanding of some of their consequences. It has also given policy makers and nongovernmental organizations in the field some approaches for reducing these problems. The 2008 survey, reported here, is the 34th in this series of national surveys of substance use among America's young people. Results from the secondary school samples of 8th, 10th, and 12th graders are contained in Volume I, which is preceded by an advance summary of its key findings in "Monitoring the Future National Results on Adolescent Drug Use: Overview of Key Findings, 2008." Two of the major topics included in this series of annual reports are: (1) the prevalence and frequency of drug use among American secondary school students (specifically, in 8th, 10th, and 12th grades); and (2) historical trends in use by students in those grades. Distinctions are made among important demographic subgroups in these populations based on gender, college plans, region of the country, population density, parents' education, and race/ethnicity. Data on grade of first use, trends in use at lower grade levels, as well as intensity of drug use are also reported in separate chapters. This study has demonstrated that key attitudes and beliefs about use of the various drugs are important determinants of trends in use over time. Therefore, they are also tracked over time, as are students' perceptions of certain relevant aspects of the social environment--in particular, perceived availability, peer norms, use by friends, and exposure to use of the various drugs. The following are appended: (1) Prevalence and Trend Estimates Adjusted for Absentees and Dropouts; (2) Definition of Background and Demographic Subgroups; (3) Estimation of Sampling Errors; (4) Trends by Subgroup: Supplemental Tables for Secondary School Students; and (5) Trends in Specific Subclasses of Hallucinogens, Amphetamines, Tranquilizers, and Narcotic Drugs Other Than Heroin. (Contains 223 tables, 123 figures, and 125 footnotes.) [This document was produced by the Monitoring the Future project at the Institute for Social Research, the University of Michigan. For Volume II, see ED508297.]
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 10; Grade 12; Grade 8; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Institute on Drug Abuse (DHHS/PHS); University of Michigan, Institute for Social Research