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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Historical Context The idea of conflict as a central feature of society can be found
in early writings of Eastern and Western philosophers . Martindale ( 1988 ) traced
historical theories of conflict from the fifth century B . C . in classical Indian ...
Historical Context Early concepts of life stages can be found in Eastern and
Western religious thought . The Talmud described fourteen stages , detailing a
progression of development that encompasses religious , moral , and cognitive ...
In addition , his later writings expanded on ideas set forth in his early theories ,
continuously modifying his life cycle theory . He further delineated the
psychosocial tasks of ego identity , explored themes of adulthood related to love
and work ...