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The Human Connectivity Model: A New Approach to Understanding Human Development

Dr. David Edgar Weatherford Jr..

This model examines a developing model for explaining and prescribing conditions for human development and behavior based on maturation effects and a measure of human connectivity. This work is based on earlier work of theorists' such as Bandura, Erikson, Piaget, Bronfenbrenner and Vygotsky but attempts to unify or integrate ideas into a more holistic and applicable model.

The Human Connectivity Model is based on a teleological assessment of of an individual's physical, cognitive, and psychosocial being influenced by the contextual pressures of family , peers, and the community. Combined with this assessment is a measure of the individual's connectivity ability. The connectivity index is a measure of the type, frequency, valence and distribution of connections over time.

The conceptual model allows educator, counselors, and other helping professionals to better understand determinants of dysfunctional behavior and how to enhance the creation of facilitative community environments for positive lifespan development.


Dr. David Edgar Weatherford Jr.  (United States)
Professor of Family and Youth Development
Department of Family and Community Studies
Clemson University

Married with two children
BS - University of Georgia
Ed.D - North Carolina State University
Devoted to the field of Youth Development and
has worked with 4-H Youth Development Programs in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina for over thirty years

  • Human development
  • Connectivity
  • Behavior
  • Development
  • Education
  • Educators
  • Lifespan

(Virtual Presentation, English)