Our Theoretical Foundations
Social Ecological Model
What should I know about the social ecological model?
The social ecological model states that individual, interpersonal, organizational, community, and public policy factors influence behavior.1
How does the social ecological model show up in our work?
The social ecological model has taught us to look at our clients’ health-promotion opportunities from a holistic point of view. We think about what needs to happen on an individual, interpersonal, institutional, community, and social/public policy level for an intervention to be successful.
Where can I learn more about the social ecological model?
Click here or watch the video below to learn more.
Works Cited and Works Consulted
- Social and behavioral theories: important theories and their key constructs. e-Source Behavior and Social Sciences Research website. http://www.esourceresearch.org/Default.aspx?TabId=736. Accessed July 1, 2016.
- Ruderman M. An introduction to the ecological model in public health [video]. Baltimore, MD: the Women’s and Children’s Health Policy Center, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; September 11, 2014. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rm00AzC-gEU. Accessed July 1, 2016.
- Sallis JF, Owen N, Fisher EB. Ecological models of health behavior. In: Glanz K, Rimer BK, Viswanath K, eds. Health Behavior and Health Education: Theory, Research, and Practice. 4th ed. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass; 2008:465-485. http://fhc.sums.ac.ir/files/salamat/health_education.pdf. Accessed July 1, 2016.