Human Behavior and Social Environments: A Biopsychosocial Approach [NOOK Book]


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-- Journal of Social Work Education

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Saleebey (social welfare, U. of Kansas) writes primarily for graduate students, but hopes that practicing social workers will also be challenged by his ideas. He sets out a framework within which to think about the interaction between people's behavior and the society they live in. Among his topics are meaning-making, families, and maturing and aging in family and community. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
Clinical Social Work Journal - Michael Hayes

Saleebey is telling an evocative story of how we "become human" through the lifecycle.

Clinical Social Work Journal
Saleebey is telling an evocative story of how we "become human" through the lifecycle.

— Michael Hayes

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Dennis Saleebey is a professor at the School of Social Welfare and chair of the Ph.D. program at the University of Kansas. He is the author of The Strengths Perspective in Social Work Practice, Third Edition.

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Table of Contents

Preface ix
Acknowledgments xiii
Chapter 1 Introduction 1
Philosophical Principles 2
Conceptual Frameworks 8
Integrative Themes 16
Paradigms, Postmodernism, and Possibilities 19
M and M Dialogue 28
Chapter 2 Meaning-Making 34
Self 36
Culture 42
Story, Connection, Ritual, and Myth 49
Conclusion 56
M and M Dialogue 57
Chapter 3 Strengths and Resilience 61
Strengths and Resilience: Images of Altruism and Humanity 63
Conclusion 87
M and M Dialogue 87
Chapter 4 Biopsychosocial Understanding 92
Human Nature and the Human Condition 92
Genes and Experience: The Case of Temperament 100
The Brain and Behavior: The Biopsychosocial View 106
Conclusion 127
M and M Dialogue 127
Chapter 5 Nature and Nurture, Neurons and Narratives: Putting it all Together 132
Nature and Nurture: How Necessary Are Parents? 132
Neurons and Narratives: A Biopsychosocial Understanding of Mental Illness 150
Conclusion 164
M and M Dialogue 165
Chapter 6 Theories: Part 1 171
The Elements of Theory 172
Part/Whole Analysis 185
Psychodynamic Theory 187
M and M Dialogue 199
Chapter 7 Theories: Part II 205
Ecological Theory 205
Cognitive Theory 216
Radical/Critical Theory 229
Conclusion 242
M and M Dialogue 243
Chapter 8 Person/Environment, Part I: Families--The Variety of Us 251
The Family and Society Today: What's Up? 252
What Are Families For? 256
What Is a Family? 264
Family Resilience 287
Conclusion 289
M and M Dialogue 290
Chapter 9 Person/Environment, Part II: Coming Into Being in the Family and Community 297
A Contextual Model of Family Transition and Adaptation 298
Becoming Partners and Being a Couple 303
A New Human Being Joins the Family 310
When Things Go Awry 328
Conclusion 334
M and M Dialogue 334
Chapter 10 Person/Environment, Part III: Growing Up in Family and Community 340
Middle Childhood: The Forgotten Years 340
Conclusion 364
M and M Dialogue 365
Chapter 11 Person/Environment, Part IV: Coming of Age in Family and Community 370
Sturm and Drang or The Romance of Risk? 370
Conclusion 411
M and M Dialogue 412
Chapter 12 Person/Environment, Part V: Maturing and Aging in Family and Community 418
Maturity: Love, Work, Connection, and Closure 418
Some Important Moments in Adult Life 435
Coming of (Older) Age in America 452
Conclusion 466
M and M Dialogue 466
Chapter 13 Reprise, Vision, and the Final Conversation 474
Reprise 474
So What Is the Good Life, Anyway? 487
Conclusion 491
The Final M and M Dialogue 492
Index 499
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