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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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Every Picture Tells A Story: An Examination of Racialized Visuals and their Frame Effects

Is there a difference between images that explicitly depict Black children and visuals that more subtly cue the issue of race?


Advancing Support for Child Mental Health Policies: Early Results from Strategic Frame Analysis™ Experimental Research

This report reviews the effects of frame elements (values, child development principles and explanatory metaphors) on child mental health policy preferences.


Competing Frames of Mental Health and Mental Illness: Media Frames and the Public Understandings of Child Mental Health as Part of Strategic Frame Analysis™

This report examines 80 news articles focused on child mental health drawn from large and regional newspapers May 2008 – May 2009.


Understanding Public Thinking About Child Mental Health

This report examines the differences between the ways that experts and the general public think about mental health and mental illness in young children.


Preventing Child Abuse: FrameWorks’ Analysis of Framing and Messaging

This MessageMemo offers communications strategies to advance a policy agenda that will prevent and reduce child maltreatment.

Frame Testing Recommendations

Talking to Business Leaders About Early Childhood Development

This Message Brief offers advice for talking to business leaders about the importance of early childhood development.

Frame Testing Recommendations

Framing Early Child Development

This Message Brief offers the most essential considerations when framing early childhood issues.


Framing Child Poverty by Telling a Development Story

To build support for ending child poverty, we need a powerful framing strategy. This Message Brief offers guidance from the Core Story of Early Development.


Talking About Early Childhood Development

This toolkit features a compendium of over a decade of research on how Americans think about early childhood, childcare, preschool, and development, and how to increase public support for policies...


Refining the Core Story of Early Childhood Development: The Effects of Science and Health Frames

To translate the science of early childhood development, we need to draw on the science of communication. This report shares findings from a framing experiment.


Talking About Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention

Included in this toolkit are application materials, based on the research findings, that can help engage the public in understanding early child development as it applies to child abuse and...


Determinism Leavened by Will Power: The Challenge of Closing the Gaps Between the Public and Expert Explanations of Gene-Environment Interaction

Epigenetics has important implications for health policy - but lay perceptions of genetics are out of step with current science. This study pinpoints the gaps.