The theoretical basis of Positive Action describes how the physical, intellectual, social, and emotional domains of the whole child interact with the different ecologies that child is in: school, family, and community. Those ecologies produce the way that students see themselves, how they perform academically, and how they behave.
Theory of Triadic Influence
The theory is formally articulated as the Theory of Triadic Influence (TTI). It includes seven “tiers” of “causes” of behavior that range from very proximal to distal to ultimate, and three “streams of influence” that flow through the seven “tiers”. The streams of influence are:
(1) cultural-environmental influences on knowledge and values, influencing attitudes
(2) social situation-context influences on social bonding and social learning, influencing social normative beliefs
(3) intrapersonal influences on self determination/control and social skills, leading to self-efficacy