To build understanding of adolescent development, new research finds that advocates should take a balanced approach—emphasizing the positive (adolescence as a period of opportunity for growth and learning) as well as the negative (adolescence as a period of vulnerability to risky behaviors) dimensions of development. This and other findings are available in three new reports about how the public thinks about adolescence and how media and advocacy organizations frame the issue. Sponsored by the Funders for Adolescence Science Translation (FAST), this research is part of a larger effort to build understanding of adolescent development and increase support for policies and programs that support young people and their development. The research builds off of a body of FrameWorks research on children, adolescence, brain development, and many other related issues.
To build understanding of adolescent development, new research finds that advocates should take a balanced approach.