Human Behavior and the Social Environment: Social Systems Theory / Edition 6

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Based on a generalist practice foundation, Human Behavior and the Social Environment: Social Systems Theory, 6/e, evaluates various human behavior theories and examines the basic concepts in each of the systems: the individual, the social group, the family, the organization, and the community. .

New to this Edition:

  • An expanded introduction to theory to show a direct connection between theory and practice, providing a framework for critical thinking as each new theory is presented in the text
  • New information on rural communities as “adapting systems,” along with an emphasis on technology.
  • A streamlined model of Social Systems Theory
  • Information emphasizing the biological connection to psychosocial development theories
  • A section on cognitive-behavioral theory, which complements the coverage of cognitive theory and behavioral theory
  • Information on spirituality added to theories dealing with group process
  • Three new organizational theories

Strong theoretical foundation…Good emphasis on larger social systems…Coherent organization of the text…” -- JoDee G. Keller, Pacific Lutheran University

“I find that the focus on systems theory is excellent and by the time students are finished with the book they have a clear understanding of systems.” -- Donna R. Fiedler, La Salle University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205613694
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 6/24/2008
  • Series: MySearchLab Series for Social Work Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 441
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Part 1: Overview

Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: A Social Systems Perspective

Chapter 3: Social Systems Theory

Chapter 4: Social Stratification, Spirituality, and Diversity

Part 2: The Individual

Chapter 5: The Individual: Theories of Psychology used by Social Workers

Chapter 6: Psychosocial Theory

Part 3: The Social Group

Chapter 7: The Social Group: An Introduction

Chapter 8: The Social Group: Theoretical Support

Chapter 9: The Family as a System of Roles

Chapter 10: The Social Group and the Family: Social Systems Theory

Part 4: The Formal Organization

Chapter 11: The Formal Organization: An Introduction

Chapter 12: The Formal Organization: Social Systems Theory

Chapter 13: The Formal Organization as a Social System

Part 5: The Community

Chapter 14: The Community: An Introduction

Chapter 15: The Community: Social Systems Theory

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