Psychologists, Social Workers, Counselors, MFTs

Monitoring the Future

 

 

Course Description: In the 2016 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 42nd 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:

  • Marijuana
  • Synthetic marijuana
  • Inhalants
  • LSD
  • Cocaine
  • Crack
  • Amphetamines and other stimulant drugs
  • Methamphetamine and crystal methamphetamine
  • Heroin
  • Other narcotic drugs, including OxyContin and Vicodin
  • Tranquilizers
  • Sedatives (barbiturates)
  • MDMA and other “club drugs”
  • Alcohol
  • Cigarettes
  • Smokeless tobacco
  • Vaping
  • Steroids

    Learning Objectives:

    • Analyze the patterns of trends in use among 8th, 10th, and 12th graders for various licit and illicit substances in 2016, and compare to patterns from past years
    • Analyze the patterns of perceived risk among 8th, 10th, and 12th graders for various licit and illicit substances in 2016, and compare to patterns from past years
    • Analyze the patterns of disapproval among 8th, 10th, and 12th graders for various licit and illicit substances in 2016, and compare to patterns from past years
    • Analyze the patterns of availability among 8th, 10th, and 12th graders for various licit and illicit substances in 2016, and compare to patterns from past years

    Course Components:

    • Online text (included)
    • Multiple choice online exam (included)
    • Electronic certificate of completion (free)

    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, Patrick M. O’Malley, PhD, Richard A. Miech, PhD, Jerald G. Bachman, PhD, and John E. Schulenberg, 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's Institute for Social Research and principal investigator of the Monitoring the Future study since its inception in 1975. 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 various illicit drugs; institutional trust; policy evaluation; the functioning of American high schools; behaviors influencing the spread of HIV; and most recently, 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 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA).

    Patrick M. O'Malley, PhD
    Research Professor at the University of Michigan's Institute for Social Research and co-principal investigator on the Monitoring the Future study. 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.

    Richard A. Miech, PhD
    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 identification of the factors that widen or narrow disparities in substance use over historical time, as well as the causes and consequences of substance use over the life course.

    Jerald G. Bachman, PhD
    Research Professor and University Distinguished Research Scientist at the University of Michigan's Institute for Social Research and a principal investigator on the Monitoring the Future study since its inception in 1975. In 1965 he initiated the Youth in Transition project and has authored three books and many articles based on Monitoring the Future Research. His scientific publications focus on youth and social issues, and his current research interests include drug use and attitudes about drugs; other values, attitudes, and behaviors of youth; military plans and experiences; and public opinion as related to a number of other social issues.

    John E. Schulenberg, PhD
    Research Professor, 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 understanding health risks and difficulties. He helps direct the NIDA-funded national Monitoring the Future study on the etiology and epidemiology of substance use, 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 President of the Society for Research on Adolescence.

    Course Level: Beginning/Introductory, Intermediate, Advanced

    CEmobile, LLC, #1558, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. CEmobile, LLC maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 05/02/2017 – 05/02/2018. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits.
    Social workers participating in this course will receive 5 clinical continuing education clock hours.





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