Our research identifies promising ways to reframe these issues in ways that engage people in prevention, motivate them to prioritize proven policies and programs, and overcome existing mental roadblocks.
Our research answers the following questions: What do Americans think about youth, why do they think what they do, what consequences does that have for youth advocates, and how might they best engage Americans in a discussion about positive youth development?
In adolescence, the brain goes through an intense period of construction, a period of “heightened neuroplasticity” when changes in neural wiring are easier to make. This sensitivity makes youth substance use particularly risky
Child mental health is an essential consideration in promoting healthy child development. But when FrameWorks researchers investigated public thinking on this topic, they found that the public tended to assume that it didn’t exist, that it was a matter of controlling one’s emotions through willpower, or that its biological components meant that there’s nothing that can be done to improve children’s mental health.
Beginning in 2009, FrameWorks began a cross-cultural study comparing patterns of thinking in Alberta, Canada about early child development, and child and family mental health with those documented in the U.S.
How can the science of early childhood development (ECD) be communicated to increase understanding and create better alignment between scientific research and international development programs and policy?