Document Type

Article

Language

eng

Format of Original

15 p.

Publication Date

3-2006

Publisher

SAGE Publications

Source Publication

The Counseling Psychologist

Source ISSN

0011-0000

Abstract

This article focuses on growth-promoting aspects in the environment, and the authors propose a strength-based, dynamic model of person-environment interaction. The authors begin by briefly discussing the typical recognition of contextual variables in models that rely on the concept of person-environment fit. This is followed by a review of recent approaches to incorporating positive environmental factors in conceptualizations of human functioning. These approaches lead to an alternative model of person-environment interaction in which the engagement construct (i.e., the quality of a person-environment relationship determined by the extent to which negotiation, participation, and evaluation processes occur during the interaction) replaces the static notion of fit. Finally, the authors outline recommendations for overcoming environmental neglect in research, practice, and training.

Comments

Accepted version. The Counseling Psychologist, Vol. 34, No. 2 (March 2006): 245-259. DOI. © 2006 SAGE Publications. Used with permission.

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