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In this best-selling text BY social workers and FOR social workers, Charles Zastrow and Karen K. Kirst-Ashman, nationally prominent social work educators and authors, guide studetns in assessing and evaluating how individuals function within families, groups, organizations and communities during the key stages of the human life span. Zastrow, a member of the CSWE Commission on Accreditation, and Kirst-Ashman, a CSWE Board member, incorporate the most recent CSWE curriculum recommendations throughout. Using an effective, chronological life-span approach, the authors present separate chapters on biological, psychological, and social impacts at the different life-span stages. Chapter One introduces a practical Systems Impact Model that students can apply throughout the book to help them understand individual behavior in macro, mezzo, and micro settings. Consistent with the curriculum policy statements of the CSWE, content on social work values and ethics, diversity, social and economic justice and populations-at-risk is also includes. Zastrow and Kirst-Ashman make theories relevant to myriad practice settings by providing case examples, illustrations, photos, and exercises in every chapter. With thorough coverage of theories at all levels (micro, mezzo, macro) the book is comprehensive and balanced and provides students with a sound base on which to build assessment skills.

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"The topics covered in the text are a snapshot of the HBSE requirements as stipulated by CSWE. The greatest strength of the manuscript is that it…covers the rubrics of HBSE in a single text, a feat extremely difficult to accomplish."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780534547011
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning
  • Publication date: 7/28/2000
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 5

Meet the Author

Charles Zastrow, MSW, Ph.D., is a professor in the MSW program at George Williams College in Williams Bay, Wisconsin. He previously taught in the Social Work Department of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. A Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Wisconsin, Dr. Zastrow has worked as a practitioner for various agencies, chaired social work accreditation site visit teams for the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), and served on the Commission on Accreditation of CSWE. He also is a member of the BPD board. A leader in social work education and a best-selling author, Dr. Zastrow has written four other textbooks: THE PRACTICE OF SOCIAL WORK, SOCIAL WORK WITH GROUPS, SOCIAL PROBLEMS: ISSUES AND SOLUTIONS, and UNDERSTANDING HUMAN BEHAVIOR AND THE SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT (with Dr. Karen Kirst-Ashman).

Karen K. Kirst-Ashman, BSW, MSSW, PhD, has been a full professor and was a former chairperson in the Social Work Department at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where she taught for 28 years. She is certified as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the State of Wisconsin. She has worked as a practitioner and administrator in child welfare and mental health agencies. She received the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater's Excellence in Teaching Award in 1986 and the University Outstanding Teaching Award in 2007. She has been a member of the board of directors of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) in addition to being an accreditation site visitor. She is also a current member of CSWE, BPD, and NASW. She has served on the Editorial Board of Affilia: Journal of Women and Social Work, and as a consulting editor for many social work journals, including the Journal of Social Work Education. She has written six social work textbooks in multiple editions and numerous publications, articles, and reviews concerning social work and women's issues.

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Table of Contents

1. Theoretical Perspectives on Human Behavior in the Social Environment. Part One: Infancy And Childhood. 2. Biological Systems and Their Impacts on Infancy and Childhood. 3. Psychological Systems and Their Impacts on Infancy and Childhood. 4. Social Systems and Their Impacts on Infancy and Childhood. 5. Ethnocentrism and Racism. Part Two: Adolescence And Young Adulthood. 6. Biological Systems and Their Impacts on Adolescence and Young Adulthood. 7. Psychological Systems and Their Impacts on Adolescence and Young Adulthood. 8. Social Systems and Their Impacts on Adolescence and Young Adulthood. 9. Gender Roles and Sexism. Part Three: Middle Adulthood. 10. Biological Systems and Their Impacts on Middle Adulthood. 11. Psychological Systems and Their Impacts on Middle Adulthood. 12. Social Systems and Their Impacts on Middle Adulthood. 13. Sexual Orientation. Part Four: Later Adulthood. 14. Biological Systems and Their Impacts on Later Adulthood. 15. Psychological Systems and Their Impacts on Later Adulthood. 16. Social Systems and Their Impacts on Later Adulthood.

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