The report represents a fundamental component in composing a condensed “core story” of child and family mental health. The core story provides people with the most fundamental principles needed to understand the issue of child mental health from a perspective that is consonant with the science. As a first step in the research process, this report explores the scientific discourse on child mental health – patterns in how scientists write about, explain, and talk about child mental health. This discourse emerges from both a review of the scientific literature on child mental health, and a series of interviews that FrameWorks conducted with experts in this field. This report captures the work of psychologists, psychiatrists, child health researchers, neuroscientists, epidemiologists, sociologists, and healthcare policy researchers.
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