Key Findings on Adolescent Drug Use (7 CE)
Credits: 7 CE Credit Hours
Course Developed By: Jennifer Kolb, LCSW
Course Description: Monitoring the Future (MTF) is a study that is conducted annually in the US. The primary purpose of this study is to examine middle and high-school students’ beliefs pertaining to, and their related use of, specific substances.
This course is for: Social Workers, Psychologists, Counselors, Marriage & Family Therapists, Addiction Counselors and Graduate Students
Course By: Helen Hinton, LPCC
Content By: Johnston, L. D., Miech, R. A., O’Malley, P. M., Bachman, J. G., Schulenberg, J. E., & Patrick, M. E. (2020). Monitoring the Future national survey results on drug use 1975-2019: Overview, key findings on adolescent drug use. Ann Arbor: Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan.
Course Description: Monitoring the Future (MTF) is a study that is conducted annually in the US. The primary purpose of this study is to examine middle and high-school students’ beliefs pertaining to, and their related use of, specific substances. Researchers utilize the information that is derived from this study as a means of identifying emerging substance use trends. This study is primarily conducted for governmental use as the related data analysis is utilized to shape national policy. Additionally, related intervention strategies may also be developed contingent on trend analysis.
- Summarize the key findings of the MTF study regarding the use of various substances by 8th, 10th, and 12th graders across the United States
- Understand study findings for identification and tracking purposes pertaining to emerging substance use
- Understand the researchers’ findings respective of substance availability, attitudes, and beliefs
- Examine how differing criteria can serve as change indicators respective of the aforementioned factors
- Understand the dynamic evolution of recreational drug use
- Understand the negative consequences of drug use, and the related development of prevention strategies
- Describe important demographic subgroup variations that are existent when analyzing substance use among middle and high-school students
- Understand how study-specific findings inform and guide national policy formation
- Understand how the related data is applied for intervention strategy development and other treatment efforts
- Read and understand Monitoring the Future national survey results on drug use 1975-2019: Overview, key findings on adolescent drug use
- Read and review the Course Description and Learning Objectives
- Consider changes pertaining to substance use over time for middle and high-school students
- Work through the post-test questions; bear in mind that answer selections should be derived from the respective journal article
- Return to the referenced article for any missed questions, or to review related policy change