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Child and Adolescent Development

FrameWorks has the world’s largest body of framing research on children and adolescents. It is used around the world to create change.

This research provides an overarching framing strategy to effectively communicate about a wide range of issues that affect children and young people.

Certain assumptions about children, youth, and families come up again and again.

To communicate effectively, advocates need to be able to navigate these dominant beliefs.

The tested frames come from research on six continents and have pushed policy in progressive directions at local, state, national, and international levels. Join this global narrative shift effort by exploring these resources.

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Refining the Options for Advancing Support for Child Mental Health Policies

This report tests the impact of frame elements, specifically interdependence and prevention, on support for progressive children's mental health policies.


The Power of Levelness: Making Child Mental Health Visible and Concrete Through a Simplifying Model

This report presents "Levelness" as an explanatory metaphor that helps people understand early child mental health. It helps people understand that young children have mental health, what promotes...


Moving North: Translating Child Mental Health Values and Models to Canada

This paper presents the results of a survey conducted in Alberta that demonstrates the impact of values on policy support related to children's issues.


Between Cowboys and Barn Raisers: The Challenges of Explaining Child Mental Health and Development in Alberta

This research demonstrates the power of dominant and unproductive understandings of early childhood development and child mental health among Albertans.


More to Genes Than That: Designing Metaphors to Explain Epigenetics

This report presents "Signature Effect" as an explanatory metaphor that helps people reason about the scientific concept of epigenetics.


Air Traffic Control for Your Brain: Translating the Science of Executive Function Using a Simplifying Model

This report presents "Air Traffic Control" as an explanatory metaphor that helps people reason about the concept of executive function.


Framing in the field: A case study

Framing in the field: A case study CHILD AND YOUTH POLICY ADVOCATES are constantly called on to craft messages to support better policies for children and their families locally and nationally....


“Kids Must Have Mental Health … But They Can’t, Can They?”: How Albertans Think About Child Mental Health

This report compares the cultural patterns of understanding that Americans and Albertans apply in making sense of the issue of child mental health.


Experiences Get Carried Forward: How Albertans Think About Early Child Development

This report examines the challenges of communicating the science of early childhood development in the Albertan cultural context.


Destiny or Destructive Environments: How Peer Discourse Sessions Toggle Between Child Mental Health and Illness

This report shares insights from 8 peer discourse sessions - small group discussions - that focused on child mental health.


Framing Education Reform

This report summarizes findings about how Americans think about the education system, and offers key strategies for talking about education reform.


From the Mouths of Babes: How the Media Frames the Issue of Child Oral Health

This report examines more than a year‘s worth of news coverage on this issue (from August 2008 to November 2009) from more than a dozen newspapers nationwide. The findings from this work serve...