Institute for Social Research

  1. 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.

  2. 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…
  3. 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.…
  4. 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…
  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. September 1, 2015

    Daily marijuana use among college students highest since 1980

    Daily marijuana use among the nation’s college students is on the rise, surpassing daily cigarette smoking for the first time in 2014, a U-M survey shows.

  9. June 18, 2015

    Economist David Lam will lead Institute for Social Research

    David A. Lam, one of the world’s leading scholars in economic demography, is the new director of the Institute for Social Research.

  10. May 22, 2015

    U-M part of report on how to support collaborative research

    Two U-M researchers have contributed to a new report from the National Science Foundation that analyzes how to create the most effective scientific teams.