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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newly learned behavior may be called a conditioned response , reflex , or habit .
Behavior may be motivated by a drive or need and is strengthened or weakened
by reinforcement in the form of a reward or punishment . In social learning ...
During repeated trials he paired a ringing bell with the meat powder and found
that the bell alone eventually became a conditioned stimulus that caused a
conditioned response ( salivation when the bell was rung ) . Based on the early
work of ...
Further , they proposed that acquired drives not only represent a conditioned
response but also are capable of motivating new forms of behavior ( Dollard &
Miller , 1950 ) . Drive reduction , according to Dollard and Miller , is the most