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United States Monitoring the Future Survey 1981


General Info
Original or alternative title 
Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of the Lifestyles and Values of Youth, 1981
Coverage type 
Time period covered 
01/1981 - 12/1981
Data type
  • Cross-sectional
  • Individual
  • Nationally representative

The United States Monitoring the Future Survey 1981 is part of the Monitoring the Future Study, an annual survey of students enrolled in public and private high schools in the United States. Begun in 1975 as a survey of 12th grade students, 8th and 10th grade surveys were added to the series in 1991. Monitoring the Future (MTF) surveys provide information on the attitudes and behaviors of students on the use and abuse of substances such as alcohol, tobacco, and illicit and prescription drugs. The MTF study is designed so that changes in attitudes and behaviors can be observed across time. Participants in the MTF 1981 (12th Grade) survey include 18,267 students from 109 public schools and 19 private schools.