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Telling Stories that Explain: Comparing Media and Organizational Discourse on Adolescent Substance Abuse (2016)

January 17, 2018

Our research shows that members of the public have limited understanding of adolescent substance use: what causes it; how it affects individuals, families, and society; and how it can be addressed and prevented. To better understand why these gaps in understanding exist, and how to address them, FrameWorks researchers analyzed a sample of 296 organizational and media materials about adolescent substance use that appeared between January 2014 and January 2016.

In systematically analyzing these materials, researchers identifed patterns in framing and storytelling that compete to shape public thinking and action on adolescent substance use issues. Tis research, along with previous FrameWorks studies on public and professional perceptions of adolescent substance use, offers a set of evidence-based recommendations for people working to build public will and shif policy and practices related to adolescent substance use in this country.

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