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Contemporary Human Behavior Theory: A Critical Perspective for Social Work Practice, 4th Edition

Susan P. Robbins
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Contemporary Human Behavior Theory: A Critical Perspective for Social Work Practice, 4th Edition

By Susan P. Robbins, Pranab Chatterjee, Edward R. Canda, George S. Leibowitz
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Overview
Author
Susan P. Robbins
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Edition
4th
ISBN
9780134779263
Published Date
22/08/2018
Pages
560

For courses in Human Behavior and the Social Environment (HBSE).

Encourage students to think critically about social work practice with a multidisciplinary, theoretical approach

Contemporary Human Behavior Theory: A Critical Perspective for Social Work Practice takes a multidisciplinary, theoretical approach to HBSE and provides a consistent analytical framework for readers to examine both traditional and contemporary theories. Students are encouraged to develop their critical-thinking skills as they explore each theory and analyse the social, ideological, and economic structures of society that impact individual problems. Each chapter includes coverage of the research that supports a particular theory, an analysis of the validity of that research, and a discussion of contemporary issues.

Updated with material that is critical to social work practice today, the 4th Edition includes new cases with practice application exercises, and expanded content on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and intersex (LGBTQI+) persons’ development and empowerment.

Features
  • Takes a comparative, multidisciplinary, theoretical approach, with coverage of both historical and contemporary perspectives on each theory.
  • Provides a consistent framework for analysis of all theories in every chapter.
  • Encourages critical thinking about theories, asking students to question why people behave the way they do and to better understand the role of various influences on human behavior.
  • Presents research supporting each theory, along with philosophical and methodological assumptions and an analysis of whether the theory is supported by the research.
  • Assists students in applying theory to practice with new case vignettes and practice application exercises.
  • Incorporates new and revised material that is critical to social work practice today.
Table of contents
  • 1. The Nature of Theories
  • 2. Systems Theory
  • 3. Conflict Theories
  • 4. Theories of Empowerment and Social Capital
  • 5. Feminist Theory
  • 6. Theories of Assimilation, Acculturation, Bicultural Socialization, and Ethnic Minority Identity
  • 7. Psychodynamic Theory
  • 8. Theories of Life Span Development
  • 9. Theories of Cognitive, Moral, and Faith Development
  • 10. Symbolic Interaction
  • 11. Phenomenology, Social Constructionism, and Hermeneutics
  • 12. Behaviorism, Social Learning, and Exchange Theory
  • 13. Transpersonal Theory
  • 14. Application of Theories