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

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

by John Sudbery
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Taylor & Francis
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Human Growth and Development: An Introduction for Social Workers / Edition 1

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415439947
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 09/02/2009
Series: Student Social Work Series
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 6.75(w) x 9.75(h) x 1.00(d)

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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