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Systems for the Assessment and Classification of Human Environments: An Overview.
Moos, Rudolf H.
The paper presents a summary overview of the major methods by which human environments have been assessed and characterized. Six general types of dimensions are identified: 1) Ecological Dimensions which include both geographical and meteorological and architectural and physical design variables; 2) behavior settings, which are the only units thus far proposed which are characterized by both ecological and behavioral properties; 3) dimensions of organizational structure; 4) dimensions identifying the collective, personal and/or behavioral characteristics of the milieu inhabitants; 5) dimensions related to psychosocial characteristics and organizational climates; and 6) variables relevant to the functional or reinforcement analyses of environments. The six categories of dimensions are non-exclusive, overlapping and mutually interrelated. Their common relevance is that each has been conceptualized and shown to have important effects on individual and group behavior. The overview presented is necessarily incomplete and sketchy but serves to illustrate the broad range of dimensions relevant to this area. Implications for a robust and socially relevant environmental psychology are considered. (Author)
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Sponsor: Commonwealth Fund, New York, NY.; National Inst. of Mental Health (DHEW), Rockville, MD.; Veterans Administration, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Veterans Administration Hospital, Palo Alto, CA.; Stanford Univ., CA. Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science.