Course Description: In the 2018 Monitoring the Future, this survey tracks trends in drug, alcohol, and cigarette use and related attitudes among adolescent students nationwide. Survey participants report their drug use behaviors across three time periods: lifetime, past year, and past month. Now in its 44th year, MTF is conducted by a team of research scientists at the University of Michigan and is funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
The following drugs were investigated:
Course Credit(s): 5 CE Credits or Hours
Course Format: Online Text (format of this course is noninteractive)
Course Schedule: Self-paced
Course Author(s): Lloyd D. Johnston, PhD, Richard A. Miech, PhD, Patrick M. O’Malley, PhD, Jerald G. Bachman, PhD, John E. Schulenberg, PhD, and Megan E. Patrick, PhD
Content Publisher(s): Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan
Course Author(s) Qualifications:
Lloyd D. Johnston, PhD
Angus Campbell Collegiate Research Professor and University Distinguished Senior Research Scientist at the University of Michigan and principal investigator of the Monitoring the Future study for its first 42 years --from its inception in 1975 through 2017 (he is now co-investigator on both MTF grants). He holds degrees from Williams, Harvard, and the University of Michigan. A social psychologist by training, he has served as advisor to the White House, Congress, and many other national and international bodies and has conducted research on a wide range of issues, including the use of alcohol, tobacco, and illicit drugs; policy evaluation; the functioning of American high schools; behaviors influencing the spread of HIV; and childhood obesity. His research interests also include international comparative studies and the application of survey research to social problems generally. He is the recipient of the UM Regents Award for Distinguished Public Service and the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA).
Richard A. Miech, PhD
Principal Investigator of the MTF MAIN project, which includes school sampling and recruiting, in-school surveys, and analyses of both the in-school and panel data (he is also co-investigator on the MTF Panel grant). He is a Research Professor at the University of Michigan's Institute for Social Research. He received his Ph.D. degree in Sociology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a MPH degree from Johns Hopkins University. His work focuses on trends in substance use, with an emphasis on disentangling how these trends vary by age, historical period, and birth cohort membership. Other research interests include the rapid growth of vaping in recent years and its long term consequences, as well as the effects of recreational marijuana laws on adolescent substance use.
Patrick M. O’Malley, PhD
Research Professor at the University of Michigan's Institute for Social Research and co-investigator on the Monitoring the Future study (both grants). He received his Ph.D. degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan in 1975 and has been associated with the Monitoring the Future project since then. His publications deal with alcohol, tobacco, and illicit drug use and related attitudes and beliefs. His research interests include causes and consequences of drug use, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, social epidemiology of drug use, and longitudinal survey data analysis techniques.
Jerald G. Bachman, PhD
Research Professor and University Distinguished Senior Research Scientist at the University of Michigan's Institute for Social Research and a co-investigator on the Monitoring the Future study (both grants) since its inception. He received his Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1962. In 1965 he initiated the Youth in Transition project, which he directed for a decade. That research led him to conceive and propose the Monitoring the Future project, which he and Lloyd Johnston designed in the early 1970s, and launched with funding in 1974. He has authored three books a nd many articles and chapters based on Monitoring the Future Research. His scientific publications focus primarily on youth and social issues, including drug use and attitudes about drugs, as well as other values, attitudes, and behaviors of youth. Other past research and publications dealt with the all-volunteer force and views about the military, as well as Michigan citizens' and physicians' views about physician-assisted death.
John E. Schulenberg, PhD
Principal Investigator of the NIDA-funded MTF PANEL grant, which covers selection and tracking of, and data collections from new and ongoing MTF panel respondents from 12th grade through age 60 (he is also co-investigator on the MTF Main grant). He is a Research Professor at the Institute for Social Research, and Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Michigan. He received his Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies from Penn State University. He has published widely on several topics concerning adolescence and the transition to adulthood, bringing a developmental perspective to the etiology and epidemiology of substance use and abuse, focusing on individual and contextual risk factors, course, co-morbidity, consequences, and historical variation across adolescence and adulthood. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association and Past President of the Society for Research on Adolescence.
Megan E. Patrick, PhD
Research Professor at the University of Minnesota and co-investigator on the Monitoring the Future study. She earned her Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies from Penn State University in 2008. Her published research focuses on the development and consequences of adolescent and young adult risk behaviors, including alcohol use, drug use, and risky sexual behaviors. Her interests include event-specific risk behaviors, motivation and decision-making, the prevention of health risk behaviors, statistical methods for modeling behavior and behavior change, and web-based survey methodology. Her current projects focus on high-intensity drinking, dynamic associations between substance use and consequences, and predictors and consequences of simultaneous alcohol and marijuana use.
Course Level: Beginning/Introductory, Intermediate, Advanced
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Social workers participating in this course will receive 5 clinical continuing education clock hours.