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 Professor Emeritus in Social Work at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where he chaired the Social Work Department for six years. He has also been the Assistant Director and Professor in the Social Work Program at George Williams College in Williams Bay, Wisconsin, where he currently teaches. 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 bestselling author, Dr. Zastrow has written more than 45 articles in professional journals as well as nine books, including four 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 is Professor Emerita and former chairperson in the Social Work Department at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where she taught for 28 years. She has written six social work textbooks in multiple editions and numerous publications, articles, and reviews on social work and women's issues. She also has served as a consulting editor on many social work journals. Dr. Kirst-Ashman was a board member of the CSWE from 1998 to 2001 and has served as a CSWE accreditation site visitor on various occasions. She is certified as a licensed clinical social worker in the state of Wisconsin and has been the recipient of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Roseman Award for Excellence in Teaching. She earned her BSW degree in 1972 and MSSW degree in 1973 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her Ph.D. in social work at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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