The Influence of Ecological Theory in Child and Youth Care: A Review of the Literature

Teri Derksen


The purpose of this literature review is to explicate the meaning of ecological theory and trace its influence in Child and Youth Care. The review focuses on the work of Urie Bronfenbrenner and explores how his early ideas have resonated through descriptions of the field, in efforts to prepare practitioners for professional practice, and in actual practice itself. The review concludes by questioning how Bronfenbrenner’s work could continue to inform Child and Youth Care practice, particularly in the areas of policy and community work.

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