Julie A. Clough
April 9, 2012
Urie Bronfenbrenner's Ecological Theory proposes that human development is best explained in terms of interaction between individuals and the environments in which they live or have lived (Witt and Mossler, 2010,Adult Development and Life Assessment, Section 2.9, para 1 ). Bronfenbrenner's theory consists of microsystem, mesosystem, exosystem, macrosystem and chronosystem. The Ecological Theory has been criticized for not recognizing biology enough. I have to agree with the criticism. I feel that genetics has a lot to do with the way a person develops into adulthood. If I had to choose two (2) of the "systems" that most applied to myself and my development into adulthood I would choose microsystem and exosystem.
In this paper of self reflection I will demonstrate how I feel the above theories applied to me and my development from childhood to adulthood.
I was born on May 19, 1967 in Lebanon, New Hampshire, to a young mother and unprepared father. The marriage dissolved when I was a very young child and my mother and I moved to South Carolina 1972. My father was not present for most of my life until I reached my teenage years.
Due to the fact my mother had to work and her income was very limited I was forced to be a “Latch Key Kid”; I wore a key around a chain on my neck and came home from school alone while my mother was working. I spent a lot of hours unsupervised and this is where peer influence came in.
I started hanging out with kids much older than myself and emulating what they said and did. I began smoking, using marijuana and alcohol at a very early age in order to keep up with my older friends. I became their little mascot or mini me. This is why I feel microsystem applies to me. I have followed examples set by both friends and family at one time or another in my lifetime.... [continues]
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