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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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Child Mental Health: A Review of the Scientific Discourse

This report offers an extensive literature review as well as expert interviews to begin to document the story that experts wish to tell about child and family mental health.


Framing Child Abuse and Neglect: Effects of Early Childhood Development Experimental Research

A report summarizing results from the latest iteration of FrameWorks experimental research focusing specifically on outcomes related to policies and programs associated with prevention and...


How to Talk About Youth Development

This message brief distills research on public thinking about youth and summarizes key communications strategies.


Telling the Science Story: An Exploration of Frame Effects on Public Understanding and Support For Early Child Development

This experimental study examines the impact of five key features of the Core Story of Early Childhood Development on public attitudes and policy preferences.


Conveying a New Understanding of Interaction

This report lays out the thinking behind comparing interaction in early childhood to the process of "serve and return" in volleyball or tennis.

Frame Testing Recommendations

Talking Early Child Development and Exploring the Consequences of Frame Choices

This MessageMemo synthesizes recommendations for how to frame early childhood development.


FrameWorks Research on Children’s Oral Health

A summary of the research on children’s oral health that informs the communications recommendations.


Framing Children’s Oral Health for Public Attention and Support

This FrameWorks MessageMemo assesses the communications environment that affects the success or failure of children’s health advocates to communicate effectively about children’s oral health.


A Developmental Perspective: An Analysis of Qualitative Research Exploring Views of Youth

This report on a series of focus groups discovers how adults in the state of Minnesota view adolescence in general and youth development programs in specific.


Making the Public Case for Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention: A FrameWorks Message Memo

This message memo synthesizes the first set of qualitative research findings and recommends strategies to communicate more effectively about child abuse and neglect.


Moving the Public Beyond Familiar Understandings of Early Childhood Development

This study examined public reactions to dozens of terms that are often used to explain important scientific insights into early childhood development.


How the News Frames Child Maltreatment: Unintended Consequences

A report summarizing some of the major patterns in news coverage of child maltreatment – the key narratives, frames and causal stories that are conveyed to the public on the issue.