Monitoring the Future (MTF)

Agency: National Institute on Drug Abuse

Has been collecting self-report anonymous data on drug uses since 1975. Is able to show rise and fall of use of different drugs.

Ongoing study of the behaviors, attitudes, and values of U.S. secondary school students, college students, and young adults. Each year, ~50,000 8th, 10th, and 12th grade students are surveyed (12th graders since 1975 and 8th and 10th graders since 1991). Annual follow-up questionnaires mailed to a sample of each graduating class for several years.

National Survey of Children’s Health

Agency: Maternal and Child Health Bureau of the Services Administration

Questions asked for ADHD, depression, anxiety, oppositional defiant disorder, behavioral or conduct problems, autism, developmental delay, Tourette syndrome: Health Resources and

One-time survey (2007-2008) of ~86,000 children ages 0-17. Data collected from responsible adult by telephone.

Has a doctor or other health care provider ever told you that selected child (SC) had…?

Does SC currently have…?

Would you describe his/her … as mild, moderate, or severe?

In case of ADHD, a fourth question is asked:

Is SC currently taking medication for ADD or ADHD?

Results not yet published.

National Children’s Study

Agency: National Institute for Child Health and Human Development

No information yet collected. So far, there is no planned collection of information on emotional or behavioral disorders.

Will examine the effects of environmental influences on the health and development of ~100,000 children across the United States from before birth until age 21. Congress authorized the National Children’s Study with the Children’s Health Act of 2000. Will take place in 105 representative counties around the United States. 1,000 mothers and their children will be recruited from each site and followed for 20 years.



The National Academies | 500 Fifth St. N.W. | Washington, D.C. 20001
Copyright © National Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved.
Terms of Use and Privacy Statement