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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

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Table from Social and behavioral theories: important theories and their key constructs. e-Source Behavior and Social Sciences Research website. Adapted from: Bronfenbrenner U. Toward an experimental ecology of human development. Am Psychol. 1977;32(7):513-531.

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?
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Works Cited and Works Consulted

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.