Human Behavior Theory: A Diversity Framework

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Transaction Publishers, Dec 31, 2011 - Social Science - 277 pages
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As American society becomes increasingly diverse, social workers must use a variety of human behavior frameworks to understand their clients' culturally complex concerns. This text applies specific human behavior theories to diversity practice. They show how human behavior theory can be employed in interventions in the life problems of diverse client populations at the individual, group, social network, and societal levels. Several groups are examined. They include: minority groups; ethnic groups; women; older adults; members of certain social classes affected by economic and educational (dis)advantage, especially those living in poverty; people with developmental disabilities, people of varying sexual and gender orientations, and religious groups. Case studies that illustrate social work practice in the area are highlighted. The case studies include Social Work Practice within a Diversity Framework; The Social Work Interview; Symbolic Interactionism: Social Work Assessment, Meaning, and Language; Erikson's Eight Stages of Development; Role Theory and Social Work Practice; A Constructionist Approach; Risk, Resilience and Resettlement; Addressing Diverse Family Forms; Small Group Theory; Natural Social Networks; Power Factors in Social Work Practice. This volume will be a fundament resource for practitioners and an essential tool for training.

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Defining Social Work Practice within a Diversity Framework
The Social Work Interview
Symbolic Interactionism
Eriksons Eight Stages of Development
Role Theory and Social Work Practice
A Social Constructionist Approach with Diverse Populations
Risk Resilience and Resettlement
A Systems Approach
SmallGroup Theory and Social Work
Working with Natural Social Networks
Power Factors in Social Work Practice

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Roberta R. Greene is the Louis and Ann Wolens Centennial Chair in Gerontology and Social Welfare at the University of Texas at Austin. She has authored numerous books and journal articles dealing with the application of conceptual frameworks to social work practice. She is a member of the editorial board of the "Journal of Social Work Education.

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