Matching Interventions to Setting
It’s also important to consider the “where” of an intervention. Children develop competencies in a range of settings. In just one day, a child might move from his home to school, then to after-school day-care, then on to a neighborhood park to play with friends. Each of these settings plays a role in a child’s development. As individuals progress through their youth and into adulthood, the significance of setting in shaping behavioral health evolves. For example, when individuals are very young, immediate family members play a key role in shaping development. But as children mature their friends and peers become significantly more influential, which introduces new risk and protective factors in- and out-of-school.
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