The Ecology of Peace

The Ecology of Peace conceptual framework provides a set of hypotheses to explore the viability of promoting peace through early childhood. The hypotheses are rooted in neurobiology, affiliative bonding, parent education, early learning, and grassroots movements. However, these hypotheses need to be tested. In the next phase of this undertaking by the Yale University and AÇEV Partnership, a systematic review study will be conducted to explore the role of parenting and early learning programs in (i) promoting positive development and well-being in young children, (ii) promoting peace building through improving interactions within the home and classroom, and among peers, and (iii) promoting peace building through the formation of culturally diverse parenting groups, particularly groups of fathers.

The following downloadable document is a first result of the collaboration between Yale University and AÇEV and is the foundation of this website:

Ecology of Peace Conceptual Framework

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Figure: Ecology of Peace

Graphic design by Adrian Cerezo, PhD

The Ecology of Peace (Figure) is a conceptual framework that provides a model for exploring the multiple relationships between early childhood development and peace building. Both of these constructs are complex and expressed at several interrelated levels: individual, family and community. For example, previous work has identified impulsivity (at the individual level), poor child-rearing practices (at the family level) and poverty (at the community level) as factors that can be modified in efforts to reduce violence. However, the associations among these factors are varied and elaborate. The aim of this conceptual framework is to more fully understand the interrelated links between early childhood development and peace building, through a detailed examination of each level. The Ecology of Peace framework provides a theoretical and empirical foundation for understanding the bi-directional and mediated relationships that exist among the multiple levels of this model.