Indicators of Child, Family, and Community Connections. I. Introduction


Indicators of the social context of families can be developed from a framework based upon current research and theory on families and their interaction with their social environment. First, we present the theory underlying the conceptual framework, and second, the stages in the life cycle of the family that should be considered in indicator development. Third, each element in the social ecology of families is identified, and critical considerations for developing indicators are reviewed.

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