Contemporary Human Behavior Theory: A Critical Perspective for Social Work
Contemporary Human Behavior Theory: A Critical Perspective for Social Work, 2/e
is the first HSBE text to approach the subject from a comparative theory perspective, providing coverage of the most current and contemporary theories as well as traditional theories. A consistent framework for analysis is provided for all of the theoretical systems that are covered. This text encourages students to develop critical thinking skills in analyzing and comparing theories, and includes contemporary developments in traditional lifespan theory, theories of political economy, and a separate chapter on transpersonal theory (Ch. 12). Each chapter includes coverage of the research that supports a particular theory, as well as an analysis of the validity of that research; each chapter also includes a discussion of updated “Contemporary Issues.”
New features to the 2nd edition include updated content in all chapters, as well as new content on:
New theoretical content added to the textbook represents the most contemporary and cutting edge content in theory that is not usually found in other human behavior or theory textbooks.
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The empathic environment is a warm , nurturing environment with a “ nurturing
parent ” who assists the child ' s development through “ empathic mirroring . ”
This is a process in which the child is “ confirmed in its vitality and assertiveness
An important distinction to make is that , at this stage , the child is not responding
to the expectations of others . Instead , the child is responding to his or her own
social acts ( Mead , 1964 , p . 215 ) : The child says something in one character ...
For modeling to take place , the child must first pay attention to the relevant
stimuli and screen out those that are not important to learning the observed
behavior . Second , the process of retention is necessary so that the child can