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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According to Lev ( 2004 ) sexual orientation is the self - perception of one ' s own
sexual preference and emotional attraction . . . . ( it ) is less of an internal sense of
self and more of an external desire for another person , although .
If selfrecognition of orientation never occurs , identity exploration and
experimentation either does not take place or continues to ... If sexual orientation
is never disclosed to others , it is unlikely that a gay or lesbian individual can ever
Alcoholism and aggression , for example , are typically viewed from a problem
orientation rather than from an optimal health orientation . Although behavioral
theories are not typically associated with empowerment , they can easily fit within