About the Program

The Youth and Social Issues Program (YSI) is home to world-renowned social science research focusing on the changing attitudes and behaviors of youth in the US. YSI is part of the Survey Research Center, at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research.

In the mid-1960s, YSI was founded and organized around the Youth in Transition (YIT) study, a longitudinal study of the causes and consequences of dropping out of high school. YIT’s content and methodology laid some of the groundwork for the NIDA-funded Monitoring the Future (MTF) study, which began in 1975. MTF is an ongoing longitudinal study of the behaviors, attitudes, and values of American secondary school students, college students and adults.  For more information, see www.monitoringthefuture.org.

The YSI program has since expanded to include a diverse funding portfolio (for example NIDA, NIAAA, NICHD, NCI, WT Grant, and the Spencer Foundation), and our faculty have interests in many topics such as substance use of all kinds, transitions to adulthood, physical activity, obesity, and risk and protective behaviors related to HIV/AIDS.  For more information on our currently active research projects and faculty interests, please see the Grants and Faculty pages for details.

Contact Us:

Youth and Social Issues
Institute for Social Research
University of Michigan
426 Thompson Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48106-1248

YSI Main: (734) 763-5043
YSI Fax: (734) 936-0043