Human Behavior Theory And Social Work Practice / Edition 2

Human Behavior Theory And Social Work Practice / Edition 2

by Robert R. Greene, Paul H. Ephross
     
 

This new edition of Human Behavior Theory and Social Work Practice provides a broadly synthetic approach to selecting theoretical concepts crucial to one's activities in casework. Centered on the notion of the client as an individual, Roberta Greene and the contributing authors examine the biological, psychological, and social aspects of development, and

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This new edition of Human Behavior Theory and Social Work Practice provides a broadly synthetic approach to selecting theoretical concepts crucial to one's activities in casework. Centered on the notion of the client as an individual, Roberta Greene and the contributing authors examine the biological, psychological, and social aspects of development, and evaluate their utility for social work practice.

Social work is characterized by a dynamic helping process and a diversity of roles, and functions. The aims of social work—to improve societal conditions for 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. To work in the field, it is important to acquire conceptual frameworks that help one understand the complexities of contemporary practice. This volume is concerned with the application of knowledge about behavior in the social environment that serves as the theoretical underpinning for direct practice in social work. The chapters explore the ways in which specific theories have contributed to understanding the person in the environment construct and examine the idea that all clinical social work intervention is anchored in reshaping the context of the person in the environment configuration.

The book explores the challenges and limitations of the various theories in use and addresses many relevant questions: What does the theory offer for understanding development across the lifecycle? What does each theory suggest about the interaction among biological, psychological, and sociocultural factors of human development and functioning? What does the theory suggest about healthy/functional and unhealthy/dysfunctional behaviors or wellness? Is theory universal in its application, and may it lend itself to cross-cultural social work practice? What role does theory propose for the social worker as an agent of change? Human Behavior Theory and Social Work Practice is an original contribution to social work theory, and will be mandatory reading for anyone pursuing a career in the field.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780202361208
Publisher:
Transaction Publishers
Publication date:
01/01/1999
Series:
Modern Applications of Social Work Series
Edition description:
Older Edition
Pages:
452
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.01(d)

Meet the Author

Roberta R. Greene is the Louis and Ann Wolens Centennial Chair in Gerontology and Social Welfare at the University of Texas at Austin. She has authored numerous books and journal articles dealing with the application of conceptual frameworks to social work practice. She is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Social Work Education. Greene is a professor and the Louis and Ann Wolens Centennial Chair in Gerontology and Social Welfare at the School of Social Work at The University of Texas at Austin. Greene is the author of nine texts and numerous research articles.

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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