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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Social workers should assist clients rather than assume power themselves in
determining helping goals and strategies . ( 4 ) People who share common
ground need each other to attain empowerment . ( 5 ) Social workers should
establish an ...
idation of the client ' s perspective also contributes to a sense of efficacy and
competence . The social worker ... The worker may teach specific skills aimed at
assisting clients to take action to gain control over their lives . Such skills may
The primary focus is to help clients construct a set of behavioral tasks that lead to
a rapid solution . Consistent with social construction theory it also addresses how
clients talk about their problems and interact with others around the problem .