Telling Stories That Explain: Comparing Media and Organizational Discourse on Adolescent Substance Use

September 2016

This report provides experts and advocates with a detailed understanding of the communications environment that surrounds them and points to strategic opportunities to reshape it.

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Julia Friedman

Senior Communications Manager

What’s missing from the public conversation on adolescent substance use? For one thing, it’s lacking crucial information about what makes adolescence a sensitive period for brain development. That’s the conclusion of “Telling Stories that Explain,” a new study from the FrameWorks Institute. Researchers analyzed the communications content in media coverage and nonprofit materials, and found that the narratives the public encounters don’t tell the whole story.