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ERIC Number: ED059500
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
Pages: 11
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A Critique of the Social Ecology -- Adjustment Literature.
Lichtman, Cary M.
The purpose of this paper is: (1) to examine the contribution of the conceptual social ecological literature to our understanding of traditional conceptions of mental disorder and social adjustment; and (2) to assess its implications for future research. In the context of this study, the term "human ecology" is used and refers to the study of man as a function of his positional occupancy in various social structures. It is one possible model for the study of man and is primarily concerned with discovering that balance of social environmental elements that would optimize man's adjustment and survival. In relationship to this model, the literature in the following 2 areas is reviewed: (1) Social Causation and Enlarged Conceptions of Maladjustment; and (2) Social Structures and Adjustment. From this review it is concluded that future research and model building pertinent to overcrowding and other such environmental matters would do well to avoid normative and one sided approaches to the program, i.e., emphasizing either environmental or personalism to its extremes. (RK)
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Authoring Institution: Wayne State Univ., Detroit, MI.