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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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Announcements

Framing Adolescent Development During the COVID-19 Pandemic

As COVID-19 disrupts some of the necessary conditions for healthy adolescent development, many working in sectors of youth development, education, and adolescent health have launched efforts to...

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Reframing Developmental Relationships

Developmental relationships -- interactions with friends, family, teachers, coaches, and more—allow young people to learn new skills and forge their identities. In partnership with the Search...

Toolkit

Reframing Developmental Relationships

This toolkit is a resource for bringing strategic goals to life in your messaging and communications about developmental relationships.

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Each and Every Child: How to Talk About Care Experience in Scotland

In February 2020, the Independent Care Review called for foundational reform of care experience in Scotland and an end to the stigma faced by people with care experience. To build public support...

Report

Each and Every Child: How to Talk About Care Experience in Scotland

To tackle stigma, we need to help people think differently about how the care system can and should work for children – and explain how and why people stigmatise in the first place.

Report

From Risk to Opportunity: Framing Adolescent Development

This strategic brief outlines seven key framing shifts necessary to advance public understanding of and shift attitudes about adolescent development. Recommendations are illustrated with examples...

Report

Caught between Osmosis and Environments: Mapping the Gap between the Expert and the Public Understandings of the Role of Executive Function

This report maps the gaps between how Americans think and experts talk about the skills and abilities that comprise the concept of executive function.

Report

Attending to Neglect: Using Metaphors and Explanatory Chains to Reframe Child Neglect in the United Kingdom

Because neglect is the absence of something, it can be hard for people to think about. Explanatory techniques can help us build understanding of child neglect.

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From Risk to Opportunity: Framing Adolescent Development

FrameWorks research shows that adolescence is misunderstood in America. Members of the public are frequently exposed to negative messages about young people that dampen support for evidence-based...

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Making Room For More: Building Support For Young Dual Language Learners In The US

This strategic resource outlines seven key framing shifts necessary to advance public understanding and political will regarding dual language learning policy.

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Reframing Family, School, and Community Engagement

In partnership with the National Association for Family, School, and Community Engagement (NAFSCE), FrameWorks researchers examined public thinking about family engagement and developed...

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Wiring Up: Talking About Connecting STEM Learning Environments

Wiring Up: Strategies for Talking about Connecting STEM Learning Environments includes guidance to help advocates talk about connected learning effectively.