Center on Race and Social Problems

Monitoring the Future: Drug Use and Lifestyles of American Youth

Principal Investigator(s): 
Lloyd Johnston
Jerald Bachman
Patrick O’Malley
John Schulenberg
August 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012
Funded by: 
National Institute on Drug Abuse

Monitoring the Future is an ongoing epidemiological research and reporting project that began in 1975 and has become one of the nation’s principal sources of reliable information on trends in drug use among adolescents and young adults.  This research study has three broad and complementary aims: (1) to monitor drug use and potential explanatory factors among American secondary school students, college students, other young adults, and selected age groups beyond young adulthood; (2) to distinguish which of three fundamentally different kinds of change—maturational, historical, and/or cohort—are occurring for various types of drug use, including the use of tobacco and alcohol; and (3) to study the causes, consequences, and maturational patterns associated with these different types of change in drug use.  Papers completed and in progress focus on the relationship among race/ethnicity, religiosity and adolescent alcohol, tobacco and marijuana use.