Understanding Human Behavior and the Social Environment

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Cengage Learning, Jan 20, 2009 - Social Science - 768 pages
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Using a chronological lifespan approach, bestselling UNDERSTANDING HUMAN BEHAVIOR IN THE SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT, 8e presents biological, psychological, and social development in the context of human behavior -- with an emphasis on strengths and empowerment approaches to social work. Looking at lifespan through the lens of social work theory and practice, the text covers human development and behavior theories within the context of family, organizational, and community systems. It delivers comprehensive coverage, providing readers insights into human behavior through intriguing case examples and thought-provoking narrative -- all within a lifespan framework. Such key issues as diversity, social justice, ethics, populations-at-risk, and more are interspersed throughout the entire text. A lucid, conversational writing style and rich case examples engage students in text material. The new edition also includes updated human diversity coverage, enhanced discussions of mezzo and macro practice, expanded ethics boxes, and an all-new four-color design. Members of the accreditation board of the Council on Social Work Education, the text's authors both serve as site visitors, giving them unparalleled insight into what programs need to maintain accreditation from the Council and achieve student success in the course!
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Contents

Introduction to Human Behavior and the Social Environment
1
Biological Development in Infancy and Childhood
50
Psychological Development in Infancy and Childhood
95
Social Development in Infancy and Childhood
150
Ethnocentrism and Racism
215
Biological Development in Adolescence
255
Psychological Development in Adolescence
291
Social Development in Adolescence
327
Psychological Aspects of Young and Middle Adulthood
441
Sociological Aspects of Young and Middle Adulthood
488
Sexual Orientation
550
Biological Aspects of Later Adulthood
584
Psychological Aspects of Later Adulthood
612
Sociological Aspects of Later Adulthood
639
Bibliography
664
Name Index
694

Gender Gender Identity Gender Expression and Sexism
369
Biological Aspects of Young and Middle Adulthood
409

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About the author (2009)

Charles Zastrow, MSW, Ph.D., is a professor in the MSW program at George Williams College in Williams Bay, Wisconsin. He previously taught in the Social Work Department of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. A Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Wisconsin, Dr. Zastrow has worked as a practitioner for various agencies, chaired social work accreditation site visit teams for the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), and served on the Commission on Accreditation of CSWE. He also is a member of the BPD board. A leader in social work education and a best-selling author, Dr. Zastrow has written four other textbooks: THE PRACTICE OF SOCIAL WORK, SOCIAL WORK WITH GROUPS, SOCIAL PROBLEMS: ISSUES AND SOLUTIONS, and UNDERSTANDING HUMAN BEHAVIOR AND THE SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT (with Dr. Karen Kirst-Ashman).

Karen K. Kirst-Ashman, BSW, MSSW, PhD, has been a full professor and was a former chairperson in the Social Work Department at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where she taught for 28 years. She is certified as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Wisconsin. She has worked as a practitioner and administrator in child welfare and mental health agencies. She received the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater's Excellence in Teaching Award in 1986 and the University Outstanding Teaching Award in 2007. She has been a member of the board of directors of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) in addition to being an accreditation site visitor. She is also a current member of CSWE, BPD, and NASW. She has served on the Editorial Board of Affilia: Journal of Women and Social Work, and as a consulting editor for many social work journals, including the Journal of Social Work Education. She has written six social work textbooks in multiple editions and numerous publications, articles, and reviews concerning social work and women's issues.

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