MOOC PCH1x | Ecological Approach to Child Development I 2. Landers


So for those of us who are working with children and families,
this particular model helps us to understand the dynamic nature
of these different systems, and the ways in which, what are the protective factors
that can be strengthened, where are some of the risk factors coming, is it in the microsystem,
is it in the mesosystem, what can we do, what can we understand in terms of macrosystems,
what are the social norms around children and
how they’re understood, child rights, gender differences,
that begin to influence, and these are ways that policymakers and those who are looking
at individual children can find a way to interact together, to come up with interventions, programs, and strategies that look
together at the whole system, to find the entry points where it’s most critical to intervene, and where children are falling
off the developmental pathway and where can these systems
begin to be strengthened around the child. So you can see that
it’s much more important that the family also has
supports around the child, because raising a child, as we often hear, it takes a village, it takes a community, all of us working together
through a shared vision of hopes and expectation
for children living within a particular community, and a particular setting.