Human Behavior Theory and Social Work Practice / Edition 3

Human Behavior Theory and Social Work Practice / Edition 3

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by Roberta R. Greene
     
 

ISBN-10: 0202361810

ISBN-13: 9780202361819

Pub. Date: 06/16/2008

Publisher: Transaction Publishers

Human Behavior Theory and Social Work Practice remains a foundation work for those interested in the practice and teaching of social work. Roberta Greene covers theoretical areas and individual theorists including classical psychoanalytic thought, Eriksonian theory, Carl Rogers, cognitive theory, systems theory, ecological perspectives, social construction,

Overview

Human Behavior Theory and Social Work Practice remains a foundation work for those interested in the practice and teaching of social work. Roberta Greene covers theoretical areas and individual theorists including classical psychoanalytic thought, Eriksonian theory, Carl Rogers, cognitive theory, systems theory, ecological perspectives, social construction, feminism, and genetics. She discusses the historical context, its philosophical roots, and major assumptions of each theory. The general theme, which distinguishes this volume, is that the person-in-environment perspective has been a central influence in the formation of the profession's knowledge base, as well as its approach to practice. Greene provides perspective on how individuals and social systems interact.

This book examines how social workers can use theory to shape social work practice by increasing his or her understanding of and potential for enhancing human well-being. Greene covers the relationship between human behavior theory and professional social work practice. She also explores the challenges and limitations of each theory and addresses the following issues: how the theory serves as a framework for social work practice; how the theory lends itself to an understanding of individual, family, group, community, or organizational behavior; what the implications are of the theory for social work interventions or practice strategies; and what role it proposes for the social worker as a change agent.

Throughout the profession's history, social workers have turned to a number of theoretical approaches for the organizing concepts needed to define their practice base. The aims of social work—to improve societal conditions and to enhance social functioning of and between individuals, families, and groups—are put into action across all fields of practice and realized through a variety of methods in a range of settings. This third edition, completely revised, represents a fundamental contribution to the field, and like its predecessors, will be widely used as a basic text.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780202361819
Publisher:
Transaction Publishers
Publication date:
06/16/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
345
Sales rank:
1,206,857
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
16 Years

Table of Contents

Prefacexi
1Human Behavior Theory, Person-in-Environment, and Social Work Method1
2Human Behavior Theory and Professional Social Work Practice31
Critique
Professional Tools for Religiously and Spiritually Sensitive Social Work Practice63
3Classical Psychoanalytic Thought, Contemporary Developments, and Clinical Social Work73
Critique
Freudian Theory: New Developments102
4Eriksonian Theory: A Developmental Approach to Ego Mastery107
Critique
Moral Development over the Life Cycle: Another View of Stage Theory137
5Carl Rogers and the Person-Centered Approach145
Critique
Carl Rogers and the Person-Centered Approach: Social Work Applications Now and for the Future166
6Cognitive Theory for Social Work Practice173
Critique
Cognitive Theory for Social Work Practice: Context, Applications, and Questions206
7General Systems Theory215
Critique
Usefulness of General Systems Theory in Social Work Practice250
8Ecological Perspective: An Eclectic Theoretical Framework for Social Work Practice259
Critique
The Search for Social Work Coherence: The Ecological Perspective301
9Social Construction309
Critique
How Useful is the Social Constructionist Approach?341
10Feminist Theories and Social Work Practice351
Critique
Feminist Theory and Social Work: Lost in Space?382
11Genetics, Environment, and Development389
Critique
Nature and Nurture414
Index421

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