Contemporary Human Behavior Theory: A Critical Perspective for Social Work

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Allyn and Bacon, 1998 - Psychology - 465 pages
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This new HBSE text is the first to approach the subject from a comparative theory perspective, including coverage of contemporary knowledge theories as well as traditional theories. A consistent framework for analysis is provided for all of the theoretical systems that are covered. This text encourages students to develop critical thinking skills in analyzing and comparing theories, and includes contemporary developments in traditional lifespan theory, theories of political economy, and a separate chapter on transpersonal theory (Ch. 12). The text includes explicit content on spirituality, oppression, and social justice. Each chapter includes coverage of the research that supports a particular theory, as well as an analysis of the validity of that research; each chapter also includes a discussion of Contemporary Issues. The last chapter, Chapter 13, provides a case example demonstrating how the various theories can be applied to a single case.

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Robbins of the University of Houston

Pratap Chatterjee is an investigative environmental writer with more than 17 years of journalistic experience. He is vice-chair of the board of the Asian Pacific Environmental Network, an Environmental Commissioner for the City of Berkeley and a community advisor to KQED in San Francisco. He served as Global Environmental Editor for Inter Press Service for three years.

Canda, Associate Professor of Social Welfare at the Univeristy of Kansas and founder of the Society for Spirituality and Social Work, has written widely on spirituality and social work.

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