Children & Families

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Abuse and Neglect

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.

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Adolescent Development

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?

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Adolescent Substance Use

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

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Australia Parenting

This report, conducted in partnership with the Parenting Research Centre in Australia, compares expert and public understandings of effective parenting and gives advocates tools to make a more powerful case for programs and policies that support it.

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Child Mental Health

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.

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Early Childhood Development

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.

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Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

Advocates working to prevent and address fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) are facing a dilemma familiar to those who work on substance use issues.

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International Early Childhood Development

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?

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Nutrition

This research was developed for advocates who seek to improve the programs and policies important to child health and wellness that are included in the federal Child Nutrition and WIC Act.

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Policymaker Engagement

A collection of reports and case studies sharing the results from expert interviews.

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Public Funding

Effective communications can help engage the public’s thinking and engagement with issues as complex as budgets and taxes and early childhood development.

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Sexual Violence

What are public perceptions of what constitutes sexual violence? What can be done to expand people’s understanding on this issue?


FrameWorks Institute

  Updated: 06/24/16