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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Childhood development is important but does not have primacy over
development at later stages . Further , the interactionist perspective suggests that
assessment of persons assigned a deviant label should not focus on the alleged
Consistent with Piaget and Mead , Bandura recognized the importance of
language development in the child ' s ability to store ... important in that the child '
s motor development must be advanced enough to imitate the observed behavior
Exchange theory adds an important dimension of analysis with its focus on
interaction between and among people and groups . Table 11 . 3 illustrates a
variety of settings and applications of behaviorism , social learning , and