Human Behavior Theory and Applications: A Critical Thinking Approach

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InHuman Behavior Theory and Applications, authors Elizabeth DePoy and Stephen Gilson use a critical thinking approach to engage students to think in depth about theory and its use in social work practice. With a strong focus on diversity, this book expands its theory coverage to include progressive and the most cutting-edge contemporary thinking. The authors skillfully introduce theory, critically examine each theory, including developmental theories, environmental theories, diversity theories, systems theories, and new and emerging theories, and then apply each theory to social work practice providing a synthesis of classical and contemporary theory for scholarly analysis and application to professional, intellectual, and social action.
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Heath B. Walters
"What I like most about this text is that it taught students to think critically about theory and provided them with the tools for doing so. From this perspective this is a very valuable text for graduate students."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412990363
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 9/13/2011
  • Pages: 392
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Elizabeth DePoy is professor of social work and interdisciplinary disability studies and also holds an appointment as Senior Research Fellow at Ono Academic College, Research Institute for Health and Medical Professions, Kiryat Ono, Israel. Dr. DePoy is a nationally and internationally recognized scholar in research and evaluation methods and original theory in the fields of disability, diversity, and design. Co-authored with Stephen Gilson, DePoy developed Explanatory Legitimacy Theory which analyzes how population group membership is assigned, based on political purpose, and met with formal responses that serve both intentionally and unintentionally to perpetuate segregation, economic status quo, and inter-group tension. Dr. DePoy is currently working on her 12th book, has contributed many chapters to edited collections, and has over 100 articles published in peer-reviewed journals. She has earned over 7 million dollars in extramural research grants at the University of Maine. In the service arena, Dr. DePoy provides evaluation, research and grant-writing consultation to agencies and organizations.

Stephen Gilson is professor of social work and interdisciplinary disability studies and also holds an appointment as Senior Research Fellow, Ono Academic College, Research Institute for Health and Medical Professions, Kiryat Ono, Israel. He is a theorist and policy analyst, best known for his work in disability, diversity, and health policy through the lens of legitimacy theory. Co-authored with Elizabeth DePoy, Gilson developed Explanatory Legitimacy Theory which analyzes population group membership and formal responses that serve both intentionally and unintentionally to perpetuate segregation, economic status quo, and inter-group tension. His research interests and publications have focused disability identity, disability and health policy, domestic violence and women with disabilities, disability theory, and social justice. Dr. Gilson is well published in national and international venues. He is currently pursuing a collaborative research agenda to advance equality of access and full participation through diverse means. His commitment to universal ideology as a means to promote social justice and equal opportunity guides his service work.

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Table of Contents

Section 1- Introduction to Theory
1. Introduction: And There Was Theory
2. The scope of human behavior and experience in diverse environments: Overview of Theory Types
Section 2- Closely Examining Theories of Humans in Environments
3. Developmental Theories: Looking at humans over time
4. Theories which look at individuals developing as a whole: Grand Theories
5. Theories which look at individuals developing as parts: Specific Theories
6. Foundations of Environmental Theories
7. Environment Theories I
8. Environment Theories II
9. Foundations of Population Specific Theories
10. Population Specific Theories I: Race, Ethnicity, Culture, Religion, Class
11. Population Specific Theories II: Gender
12. Population Specific Theories III: Disability Introduction
13. Systems theories: Classic and Contemporary
14. New and Emergent Theories
Section 3- Application to Social Work Thinking, Knowledge, Values, Ethics and Practice
15. Guidelines for Application to Social Work
16. Application of Development Theories to Social Work
17. Application of Environmental Theory to Social Work
18. Application of Population Specific Theories to Social Work
19. Application of Systems Theories to Social Work
20. Application of New and Emerging Theories to Social Work
21. Putting Theory to Work
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