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Monitoring the Future Survey

  • In: Encyclopedia of Epidemiology
  • Edited by: Sarah Boslaugh
  • Subject:Public Health (general), Public Health Research Methods , Epidemiology & Biostatistics

Monitoring the Future (MTF) is an annual survey of the attitudes, values, and behaviors of a nationally representative sample of 15,000 to 19,000 American high school students and young adults. It is conducted by the Survey Research Center of the University of Michigan, with funding from the National Institute on Drug Abuse of the National Institutes of Health. MTF began collecting data, originally on 12th graders only, in 1975; since 1991, 8th and 10th graders have also been surveyed. Currently, approximately 50,000 students in the 8th, 10th, and 12th grades are surveyed each year. Participation rate has been 66% to 85% over all years of the study. In addition, follow-up mail questionnaires are sent biannually to a randomly selected sample from each senior class.

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