Understanding Human Behavior and the Social Environment

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Brooks/Cole--Thomson Learning, 2004 - Psychology - 647 pages
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This best-selling human behavior in the social environment text was the first to offer a balanced look at human lifespan development through the lens of social work theory and practice. The authors use a systems theory framework to cover human development and behavior theories within the context of family, organizational, and community systems. Using a chronological lifespan approach, the authors present separate chapters on biological, psychological, and social impacts at the different lifespan stages. The bio-psycho-social-theoretical content is organized within the authors' Systems Impact Model, which helps students to better understand individual behavior in the various settings.

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Charles Zastrow, MSW and Ph.D., is currently Professor in the MSW program at George Williams College in Williams Bay, Wisconsin, and previously taught in the Social Work Department, University of WisconsinWhitewater for many years. He has worked as a practitioner in a variety of public and private social welfare agencies and has chaired 14 social work accreditation site visit teams for the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). He has served two terms as a commissioner on the Commission on Accreditation of CSWE. He is currently a member of the Council on Publications of CSWE. Dr. Zastrow is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Wisconsin. In addition to INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL WORK AND SOCIAL WELFARE, Dr. Zastrow has written five other textbooks: THE PRACTICE OF SOCIAL WORK (Eighth Edition), SOCIAL WORK WITH GROUPS (Sixth Edition), SOCIAL PROBLEMS: ISSUES AND SOLUTIONS (Fifth Edition), UNDERSTANDING HUMAN BEHAVIOR AND THE SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT (Seventh Edition; with Dr. Karen Kirst-Ashman), and YOU ARE WHAT YOU THINK: A GUIDE TO SELF-REALIZATION.

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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