The Parental and Micro-Environmental Model (PMEM): A conceptual framework for exploring factors that impact on early adult/child relationships

Brown, Alice (2013) The Parental and Micro-Environmental Model (PMEM): A conceptual framework for exploring factors that impact on early adult/child relationships. In: Infant and Early Childhood Social and Emotional Wellbeing Conference 2013, 30 Oct-2 Nov 2013, Canberra, Australia.

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Thriving communities and the foundation of our nation are built on strong families and the healthy social emotional development of our children. Parents and primary caregivers are recognised to be at the heart of early interactions, yet it is appreciated that individuals move within a system of relationships that scope beyond that of the family home. Quality research to better understand early relationships and mental health is a vital part of the intervention process, however just as important is having an effective lens in which to interpret these findings. Based on a social ecological framework, this presentation unpacks the Parental and Micro-Environmental Model (PMEM), a conceptual model developed to assist practitioners and researchers to more fully explore the multiple environments and factors that impact on early adult/child relationships, behaviours and practices. It builds upon existing ecological theory and frameworks by offering a model that allows for a more comprehensive exploration of the contextual nuances that operate on and are embedded in the lives of individuals and give meaning to their thoughts and actions. The PMEM model helps account for factors impacting on early social emotional development and the complexities, subtleties and interconnectedness of these environments. The presentation will discuss the theoretical background behind the evolution of this model, and then outline of its various components. The presentation will encourage participants to discuss the model in terms of interpretations and applications of the model in their context to better support efforts in working and researching with families with young children.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Lecture)
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Arts and Communication
Date Deposited: 13 Apr 2014 04:23
Last Modified: 02 Aug 2017 04:01
Uncontrolled Keywords: social ecology, families, children, health, social-emotional
Fields of Research : 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1114 Paediatrics and Reproductive Medicine > 111403 Paediatrics
16 Studies in Human Society > 1603 Demography > 160301 Family and Household Studies
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences

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