Human Growth and Development: An Introduction for Social Workers / Edition 1

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Social workers work with people at all stages of life, tackling a multitude of personal, social, health, welfare, legal and educational issues. As a result, all social work students need to understand human growth and development throughout the lifespan.

This introductory text provides a knowledge base about human development from conception to death. It is designed to encourage understanding of a wide range of experiences: from the developmental trajectories of children in care, to adult mental distress and the experience of people with dementia, to bereavement. Using engaging narratives to illustrate each topic, the author clearly introduces and analyses different theoretical approaches, and links them to real-life situations faced by social workers.

Packed with case studies, this student-friendly book includes overviews, summaries, questions and further reading in each chapter, as well as a 'Taking it further' section providing greater depth on key theoretical issues. A reference section contains a glossary and overviews of the principal theories discussed throughout the book. It is an essential read for all social work students.

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Editorial Reviews

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'This is a much welcome book providing an engaging, informative and accessible introduction to human growth and development for social workers...(It) will undoubtedly be invaluable reading for social work students, a learning companion during social work training and an interesting and enjoyable read for those already in practice.' - Gabriela Misca, Keele University, UK

'The book skilfully instructs and interacts with the reader. It presents information in a way that will appeal to learners at different stages offering both introductory and in-depth levels of knowledge. These unique features make this book an indispensable text for student social workers in learning and practice environments.' - Nora Duckett, London Metropolitan University,UK

'John Sudbery has provided a human growth and development textbook full of interest. Written specifically for social work, readers will be able to engage with it at various levels - from the personal impact of narratives, case studies and reflective questions, to the more in depth academic content in outlines of key theoretical issues.' - Ruben Martin, University of Kent, UK

'The author’s interest in psychosocial perspectives and his rich experience as practitioner, manager and academic social worker/researcher ensure the quality and rigor of this text.' - Clare Parkinson, Senior Lecturer, University of East London, UK

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415439954
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/2/2009
  • Series: Student Social Work Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

John Sudbery is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Salford, UK. He has taught Human Growth and Development for over ten years, and has worked for 35 years in various areas of statutory and voluntary social work.

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations xi

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction 1

1 Beginnings 7

2 A secure base 33

3 The developing child 65

4 Transitions and adolescence 99

5 Living independently 127

6 Sex, love, work and children 157

7 Maturity and some of its hazards 193

8 Adulthood and ageing 229

9 Dying, grief and mourning 253

10 Fitting the pieces together 279

Essential background 291

1 The principles of heredity 292

2 Attachment theory 296

3 Bronfenbrenner's ecological model 301

4 Psychoanalytic theories 305

5 Piaget's theory of cognitive development 310

6 Erikson's psychosocial theory of personality 314

7 The humanistic models of Maslow and Rogers 317

8 Learning and behavioural models 323

9 Models of ageing: Social disengagement theory, activity theory, feminist perspectives and political economy theory 326

10 Three approaches to loss and grief 329

Glossary 331

Bibliography 339

Index 359

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