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Impact of various social systems on my developmentIntroductionEcological systems theory developed by Urie Bronfenbrenner in 1979. It is an approach to explain the relationship between child's development and the social environment. It is divided into five different levels: (i) the microsystem, (ii) the mesosystem, (ii) the exosystem, (iv) the macrosystem and (v) the chronosystem. The first four levels are discussed in this essay.As proposed by Bronfenbrenner, the first level (microsystem) is the closest system to a person ...view middle of the document...

I have a direct contact with my family members at home and teachers at school.The next level is the mesosystem and it consists of different interactions between various parts of the microsystem. Examples for the mesosystem in my world would be my parents and teachers from school or my neighbours.The exosystem is the third level in Bronfenbrenner's ecological system theory. In this level, a person does not have a direct contact with any other members of his life and I do not actively participate in any process but I am still affected by it. When I was five years old, my parents had to travel overseas frequently for business trips. This situation had mostly a negative impact on me and I felt anxious and sad when my parents had to leave. Even though, I did not participate in my parents' decision making process directly, it still affected me and my development.The fourth system of the Bronfenbrenner's theory is the macrosystem. This level is the most remote and largest set of things and people in a child's world but it can still have a big impact on the child's development. This level embraces the cultural context of an individual and the socioeconomic status, ethnicity, race and others.


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