Assessing Ecological Constructs and Community Context

  • Jean Ann Linney


From its earliest beginnings, “the reciprocal relationships between individuals and the social systems with which they interact” (Bennett, Anderson, Cooper, Hassol, Klein, & Rosenblum, 1966, p. 7)—the study of persons in ecological context—has been a central theme for community psychology. Much of the thinking in this field has been predicated on the assumption that the behavior of individuals can be better understood when contextual factors are considered, a proposition well explicated by Lewin (1935) and Bronfenbrenner (1979, 1995), but translated into research and action in only limited ways. For at least 75 years ecological context has been silently recognized as an essential dimension for understanding human behavior, but most research in psychology has followed a strategy of studying individual variation with context held constant. descriptive understanding of patterns of relationship and the rules that determine those relationships


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  • Jean Ann Linney
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  1. 1.Department of PsychologyBarnwell College, University of South CarolinaColumbiaUSA

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