The Ecological Systems Theory Developed by Urie Bronfenbrenner

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Children are influenced by an array of complex interacting factors. The level of influence these factors have on children are often conceptualised in relation to proximity to child. The closet or most influential factors for children include family of origin and parental beliefs and values. Factors that influence in the child less directly are social and cultural influences. All of these factors influence children on a daily basis and significantly impact their relationships and development. The Ecological Systems theory developed by Urie Bronfenbrenner exposes these influences and discusses how they can either have a positive or negative impact on the relationship children have with their parents, peers and community. In an ever-changing occupation, it is important that theories can first be practically used throughout the industry, and also adapted easily when changes are made throughout time.

Developed in 1979 by Urie Bronfenbrenner the Ecology Systems Theory focuses on the development a child and how external factors can influence the healthy development of a family (Bronfenbrenner, 1986). Bronfenbrenner developed his systems theory when he believed alternative theories focused to intently on internal, parent-child relationships, and therefore overlooked external impacting factors (Bronfenbrenner, 1986). This is supported by a study undertaken in 1957, where roughly 400 families were interviewed and it was further discovered that limited connections were established
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