Human Behavior for Social Work Practice: A Developmental-ecological Framework

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Lyceum Books, 2007 - Political Science - 257 pages
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"This text represents an advance in the integration of social work course curricula."¨Timothy Page, Louisiana State University

"Highly engaging and easy to read!"¨Joanne Levine, Wichita State University

Human Behavior for Social Work Practice offers a fresh approach to this area of the social work curricula by giving students a framework for critical thinking and problem-solving. This book gives social work students strategies they can use in their careers when they face evolving social problems.

The authors use a developmental-ecological framework as an analytic tool for understanding complex social issues such as illness, substance abuse, violence, poverty, war, and natural disaster. By connecting social issues with the developmental changes individuals face throughout their life span, Human Behavior for Social Work Practice makes the abstract policies and problems social work students will face more tangible.

This book includes several features designed to aid readers who are eager to make connections between the classroom and professional practice:

practical advice and stories drawn from interviews with seasoned practitioners from many different fields, displayed in text boxes across the chapters, highlight real-life experiences and introduce a variety of policy contexts

social issues such as substance abuse, poverty, violence are followed across the life span in text boxes throughout the chapters

text- and Web-based resources are provided at the end of each chapter for supplementary information or for the preparation of papers

a glossary highlighting the key concepts introduced in the text is included.

Human Behavior for Social Work Practice will benefit students and teachers with in-depth examples of contemporary social issues as well as the framework necessary to understand complex developmental change within particular contexts and individual lives.

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About the author (2007)

Wendy L. Haight is associate professor and PhD program director at the University of Illinois School of Social Work at Urbana-Champaign. She is the author of African American Children at Church: A Sociocultural Perspective and co-author of Raise tip a Child and Pretending at Home: Development in a Sociocultural Context.
Edward H. Taylor is associate professor in the School of Social Work at the University of Minnesota,Twin Cities Campus. He is co-author of Schizophrenia and Manic Depressive Disorder and author of the Atlas of Bipolar Disorders.

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