Overview of Queer Sense



UriThe Queer Sense Ecological Model is adapted from the Ecological Systems Theory of Human Development founded by American psychologist, Dr. Urie Bronfenbrenner.

Bronfenbrenner was born in the Soviet Union in 1917 and his family moved to the United States when he was six years old. Bronfenbrenner’s scholarly work is credited in helping to found Head Start in 1965. His most notable achievement is designing a model that gave us a framework on understanding how children are shaped by the community they live in. His model is the golden standard when speaking about childhood development in an ecological context. Bronfenbrenner named his systems Microsystem, Mesosystem, Exosystem, Macrosystem, and Chronosystem.

The Queer Sense Ecological Model is not about childhood development though. It’s focuses on attitude formation towards homosexuality.

This model is unique in that it provides a comprehensive framework on understanding how culture shapes individuals’ positive and negative attitudes toward sexual orientation. The Queer Sense Ecological Models systems have been renamed to: Individual, Micro Cultural System, Extended Cultural System, Macro Cultural System, and Historical Context.

Uri Ecological ModelLastly, this model includes three underlying fundamental concepts: Role Models, Attachment, and Language that are actively working across the micro, extended, and macro cultural systems. These three concepts are the underlying catalysts that form one’s negative and positive attitudes towards sexual orientation.

This model could be expanded to include attitudes towards gender orientation too (e.g., transgender, male-to-female, crossdressing), but at this time, this presented model focuses mostly on the formation of attitudes towards sexual orientation.

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