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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Contents

Defining Social Work Practice within a Diversity Framework
1
The Social Work Interview
31
Symbolic Interactionism
59
Eriksons Eight Stages of Development
77
Role Theory and Social Work Practice
101
A Social Constructionist Approach with Diverse Populations
123
Risk Resilience and Resettlement
147
A Systems Approach
167
SmallGroup Theory and Social Work
201
Working with Natural Social Networks
231
Power Factors in Social Work Practice
251
Index
275
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Roberta R. Greene was the Louis and Ann Wolens Centennial Chair in Gerontology and Social Welfare at the School of Social Work, University of Texas-Austin. She has worked at the Council on Social Work Education and the National Association of Social Workers and has numerous publications.

Nancy P. Kropf is professor and director of the School of Social Work at Georgia State University. She is the co-author or co-editor of seven other books and numerous manuscripts relating to social work education, practice, and gerontology.  She is the practice forum editor for the Journal of Gerontological Social Work.

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