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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Thus , their underlying assumptions are often associated with different political
positions . ... Theories of human behavior are “ in the complicated position of
being a part of the reality they purport to analyze ” ( Campbell , 1981 , p . 22 ) .
The term standpoint refers to a position in society that involves a level of
awareness about an individual ' s social location , from which certain features of
reality come into prominence and from which others are obscured ( Swigonski ,
1993 ) .
Watson carried his behavioral position to an extreme by claiming that given an
opportunity to control the environment of children , he could raise children to
become whatever he wished them to be . He advocated this premise in