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Handbook of Social Work Practice with Vulnerable and Resilient Populations / Edition 3

Handbook of Social Work Practice with Vulnerable and Resilient Populations / Edition 3

by Alex Gitterman


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Handbook of Social Work Practice with Vulnerable and Resilient Populations / Edition 3

When community and family support systems are weak or unavailable, and when internal resources fail, populations that struggle with chronic, persistent, acute, and/or unexpected problems become vulnerable to physical, cognitive, emotional, and social deterioration. Yet despite numerous risk factors, a large number of vulnerable people do live happy and productive lives. This best-selling handbook examines not only risk and vulnerability factors in disadvantaged populations but also resilience and protective strategies for managing and overcoming adversity. This third edition reflects new demographic data, research findings, and theoretical developments and accounts for changing economic and political realities, including immigration and health care policy reforms. Contributors have expanded their essays to include practice with individuals, families, and groups, and new chapters consider working with military members and their families, victims and survivors of terrorism and torture, bullied children, and young men of color.

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ISBN-13: 9780231163620
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 05/06/2014
Edition description: third edition
Pages: 616
Sales rank: 275,828
Product dimensions: 10.00(w) x 7.30(h) x 1.50(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Alex Gitterman is the Zachs Professor of Social Work and director of the Doctoral Program at the University of Connecticut School of Social Work.

Table of Contents

1. Social Work Practice with Vulnerable and Resilient Populations, by Alex Gitterman and lambrine A. Sideriadis
Part 1. Life Conditions
2. Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), by George S. Getzel, Yvonne O. Patterson, and Stephen W. Willroth
3. Alcoholism and Other Drug Addictions, by Deborah M. Courtney and Meredith Hanson
4. Autism Spectrum, by Cristina Mogro-Wilson and Kay Davidson
5. Borderline Personality, by Nina Rovinelli Heller and Ann Marie Garran
6. Depression, by Manny J. González and Lisa G. Colarossi
7. Eating Problems, by F. Diane Barth
8. Schizophrenia, by Ellen P. Lukens And Jordan e. Devylder
9. Serious Physical Illness and End-of-Life Care, by Mary Sormanti And Grace Christ
Part 2. Life Circumstances and Events
10. Adolescent Pregnancy, by Kathleen Rounds and Charity C. Sneed
11. Bullying, by Faye Mishna and Melissa Van Wert
12. Child Abuse and Neglect, by Lynn Videka, Geetha Gopalan, And Besa H. Bauta
13. Children in Foster Care, by Astraea Augsberger and Brenda G. McGowan
14. Crime Victims, by Jacqueline Corcoran
15. Death in the Family, by Nancy Boyd Webb and Linda Openshaw
16. Gay and Lesbian Persons, by Carol T. Tully and Ellen Smith
17. Homeless People, by Jennifer Mcclendon and Shannon R. Lane
18. Immigrants and Refugees, by Dianne Drachman
19. Intimate Partner Abuse, by Jonel Thaller, Jill Theresa Messing, and Bonnie E. Carlson
20. Older Persons in Need of Long-Term Care, by Toby Berman-Rossi and Timothy B. Kelly
21. Returning Servicewomen and Veterans, by Kathryn Basham
22. Suicide and Suicidal Behavior, by Nina Rovinelli Heller
23. Survivors and Victims of Terrorism, by S. Megan Berthold, and Adeyinka M. Akinsulure-Smith
24. Survivors of Torture, by S. Megan Berthold
25. Young Men of Color, by Bruce J. Armstrong, Alwyn T. Cohall, and Renee Mayer Cohall
26. Women of Color, by Edith A. Lewis, Izumi Sakamoto, and Lorraine Gutiérrez
List of Contributors

What People are Saying About This

Charles D. Garvin

Gitterman and many other social work experts present a comprehensive and up-to-date account of the full range of social work services. The book is outstanding in its recognition of human resilience in the face of the most devastating adverse social circumstances that must be changed. Another virtue of the book is the use the authors employ of a validated and broad range of social interventions.

Kira J. Bentley

This thoughtfully updated and expanded third edition of Gitterman's popular handbook is firmly rooted in the most important ideas in social work: our biopsychosocial perspective on human challenges, our reliance on multiple theories and a risk and resilience framework, our appreciation of the sociopolitical context of what we do, and our growing insistence on having an evidence-informed basis for our programs and interventions. Using a clear and satisfying outline derived from those ideas, the emphasis in this text is on what social workers really need to know in today's practice environment. Readers will not only be better equipped to understand and empathize with the profound and complex challenges that clients face with an array of 'life conditions and circumstances' but also to act competently and compassionately to help facilitate change.

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