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Understanding the Influence of Community-Level Determinants on Children’s Social and Emotional Well-Being: A Systems Science and Participatory Approach

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School of Population and Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z4, Canada
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Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z3, Canada
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Academic Editors: Melody Smith, Karen Villanueva and Sarah Gray
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19(10), 5972; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19105972
Received: 5 April 2022 / Revised: 6 May 2022 / Accepted: 9 May 2022 / Published: 14 May 2022
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Designing Cities That Support Healthy Child Development)
Healthy social and emotional development and longer-term outcomes for children are shaped by factors across the multiple levels (micro, meso, exo, macro) of a child’s environment. By employing a novel systems science and participatory approach, we were able to co-produce a series of causal loop diagrams that detail the complex relationships between variables operating at the community or neighborhood environment level (e.g., features of the built environment such as: housing type, access, availability, and location; parks and greenspace, facilities such as community services, and other service infrastructure such as transit), and highlight the individual and collective impacts these relationships can have on the subsystem surrounding a child’s social and emotional well-being. Our approach provides a unique lens of knowledge through which communities can identify key leverage points for action and (re)design of community spaces, practices, and policy. View Full-Text
Keywords: child development; early childhood; child mental health; child social and emotional well-being; systems science; community-based research; community capital; socio-ecological model; mixed methods; participatory approaches child development; early childhood; child mental health; child social and emotional well-being; systems science; community-based research; community capital; socio-ecological model; mixed methods; participatory approaches
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Poon, B.T.; Atchison, C.; Kwan, A. Understanding the Influence of Community-Level Determinants on Children’s Social and Emotional Well-Being: A Systems Science and Participatory Approach. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19, 5972. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19105972

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Poon BT, Atchison C, Kwan A. Understanding the Influence of Community-Level Determinants on Children’s Social and Emotional Well-Being: A Systems Science and Participatory Approach. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2022; 19(10):5972. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19105972

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Poon, Brenda T., Chris Atchison, and Amanda Kwan. 2022. "Understanding the Influence of Community-Level Determinants on Children’s Social and Emotional Well-Being: A Systems Science and Participatory Approach" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 19, no. 10: 5972. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19105972

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