Institute for Social Research

  1. October 26, 2016

    Poor young women at greater risk of unintended pregnancies

    Poor women have fewer but longer relationships, use contraceptives less frequently and use less effective methods than women from more advantaged backgrounds, a new U-M study shows.

  2. April 27, 2016

    Margaret Levenstein appointed next director of ICPSR

    Margaret Levenstein has been appointed director of the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research at the Institute for Social Research.

  3. January 27, 2016

    Aggressive behavior more common among half- and stepsiblings

    About one in six U.S. children live with half- or stepsiblings just before starting kindergarten, and these children behave aggressively more often, on average, than do other children.

  4. December 16, 2015

    Teen use of ecstasy, heroin, synthetic marijuana, alcohol declines

    The results from the latest national survey in the Monitoring the Future series on use of licit and illicit drugs by American teenagers show that some important improvements are taking place.

  5. December 16, 2015

    Teen cigarette smoking drops to historic low in 2015

    Cigarette smoking among teens in grades eight, 10 and 12 continued a decades-long decline in 2015 and reached the lowest levels recorded since annual tracking began 41 years ago. The percentage of students saying that they smoked at all in the prior 30 days fell for the three grades combined from 8 percent to 7…
  6. December 16, 2015

    Cigarillo use increases estimates of teen smoking rates by half

    The percentage of teens who smoked tobacco in the past 30 days increased by more than half when cigarillos — small cigars or little cigars — are included with regular cigarettes as a form of tobacco use. The finding supports concerns in the public health community that cigarillos are attracting new youth to tobacco use.…
  7. December 16, 2015

    Most youth use e­-cigarettes for novelty, flavors — not to quit smoking

    In 2015, more than half of all students in eighth, 10th and 12th grades who used vaporizers such as e-cigarettes report that a primary reason for use was curiosity to see what they were like. About 40 percent said that they used them because they tasted good. Far fewer — about 10 percent — said…
  8. December 7, 2015

    New federal support enhances ISR Health and Retirement Study

    The U-M Health and Retirement Study has received significant support from the National Institutes of Health to carry out new enhancements to the resource for aging research.

  9. October 28, 2015

    Economics professor gets $2.1M from NSF for big data project

    An economics faculty member has received a National Science Foundation grant to help determine how individuals and families have changed across the 20th century.

  10. September 24, 2015

    ISR helps create new survey tool on sexual harassment, assault

    The Institute for Social Research has partnered on a project to provide the nation’s college campuses with a scientifically designed survey on student sexual assault and harassment.