The case for studying multiple contexts simultaneously

Thomas D. Cook*

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Individuals live in multiple social contexts simultaneously, whether they be family, peer, neighborhood, school or work contexts. In individual lives, it is likely that the forces within any one context that promote healthy human development are correlated with whatever causal forces operate to the same end in other contexts. This paper explores why it is important to consider social contexts, not singly as in traditional neighborhood or school or work-site research, but in combination.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)151-155
Number of pages5
Issue numberSUPPL. 1
StatePublished - May 1 2003


  • Context effects
  • Interdependencies among contexts
  • Social contexts

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)


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