Systems and Ecological Models



Systems theory has had a major impact on social work since the 1970s and has been a subject of controversy for almost as long. It is conventional to distinguish two forms of systems theory in social work:
  • general systems theory

  • ecological systems theory.

There are also attempts to distinguish a third and separate stream of social systems theory based on Parsons’ sociological analysis of systems in society (de Hoyos and Jensen, 1985).


Social Work Ecological Model Life Model Social Work Practice General System Theory 
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© Malcolm Stuart Payne 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Didsbury, ManchesterUK

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