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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Their ensuing subjective definitions result in specific outlooks and behaviors that
guide their future interactions . In addition to their subjective orientations , they
bring to these interactions the material resources that they possess . Those who ...
Some theories address the entire life cycle from birth to death , whereas others
focus on specific stages such as infancy or old age . Most address the mastery of
skills and tasks related to biological , psychological , and social development ...
Finally , inasmuch as the idea of universal patterns of development is , at best ,
questionable , it is important that practice models reflect a strong focus on
individual adaptation and coping that is reflective of the specific social conditions