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Empowerment Series: Understanding Human Behavior and the Social Environment,
10th Edition

Charles Zastrow, Karen K. Kirst-Ashman

ISBN-13: 9781305101913 | ISBN-10: 130510191x

Copyright 2016

| Published 2015

| 848 pages

List Price USD $199.95

Overview

Zastrow and Kirst-Ashman's UNDERSTANDING HUMAN BEHAVIOR AND THE SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT, 10th Edition looks at the lifespan through the lens of social work theory and practice, covering human development and behavior theories within the context of family, organizational, and community systems. Using a chronological lifespan approach, the book presents separate chapters on biological, psychological, and social impacts at the different lifespan stages with an emphasis on strengths and empowerment. Part of the Brooks/Cole Empowerment Series, this edition is completely up to date and thoroughly integrates the core competencies and recommended practice behaviors outlined in the current Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS) set by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

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Charles Zastrow, MSW, PhD, is Professor Emeritus in Social Work at the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater, where he chaired the Social Work Department for six years. He has also been the Assistant Director and Professor in the Social Work Program at George Williams College in Williams Bay, Wisconsin. A Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Wisconsin, Dr. Zastrow has worked as a practitioner for various agencies, chaired social work accreditation site visit teams for the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), and served on the Commission on Accreditation of CSWE. He also was a member of the BPD board. A leader in social work education and a bestselling author, Dr. Zastrow has written more than 45 articles in professional journals as well as nine books, including four other textbooks: THE GENERALIST SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE, SOCIAL WORK WITH GROUPS, SOCIAL PROBLEMS: ISSUES AND SOLUTIONS, and UNDERSTANDING HUMAN BEHAVIOR AND THE SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT (with Dr. Karen Kirst-Ashman).

Karen K. Kirst-Ashman, BSW, MSSW, and PhD, was a full professor and a former chairperson in the Social Work Department at the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater, where she taught for 28 years. She is certified as a licensed clinical social worker in the state of Wisconsin and has worked as a practitioner and administrator in child welfare and mental health agencies. She received the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater's Excellence in Teaching Award in 1986 and its Outstanding Teaching Award in 2007. She has been a member of the board of directors of the Council on Social Work Education in addition to being an accreditation site visitor, and is a current member of BPD and NASW. She has served on the editorial board of Affilia: Journal of Women and Social Work, and as a consulting editor for many social work journals, including the Journal of Social Work Education. She is the author of numerous publications, articles, and reviews concerning social work and women's issues. Other books she has authored or coauthored include INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL WORK AND SOCIAL WELFARE: CRITICAL THINKING PERSPECTIVES (5th ed); HUMAN BEHAVIOR IN THE MACRO SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT: AN EMPOWERMENT APPROACH TO UNDERSTANDING COMMUNITIES, ORGANIZATION, AND GROUPS (4th ed); GENERALIST PRACTICE WITH ORGANIZATIONS AND COMMUNITIES (5th ed); THE MACRO SKILLS WORKBOOK (2nd ed); and UNDERSTANDING GENERALIST PRACTICE (8th ed).

  • Chapter 4, "Social Development in Infancy and Childhood," presents new and updated information on variations in family structure; new content on multicultural parenting styles, including parents of Caribbean heritage; new suggestions for discouraging and stopping bullying in schools; and discussion of the use of a cognitive-behavioral approach to the treatment of children who have been sexually abused.
  • Chapter 6, "Biological Development in Adolescence," contains new and updated content on adolescents' use of mind-altering substances; sex education, including new policies and current status; contraception, including the contraceptive pill and emergency contraception; and sexually transmitted infections, including human papilloma virus (HPV).
  • Chapter-opening learning objectives are now numbered, integrated throughout the chapter as section heads, and correlated with chapter summaries to focus students' reading and reinforce key concepts and messages.
  • Chapter 2, "Biological Development in Infancy and Childhood," includes a new discussion of the effects of maternal stress on fetal development, the current NASW policy statement on reproductive rights and abortion, updated information on the legal aspects of abortion, policy changes concerning stem cell research, coverage on recent violence against abortion clinics, and updated information and statistics on infertility and infertility treatments.
  • Chapter 3, "Psychological Development in Infancy and Childhood," has new or updated material on intersectionality and gender as well as the information-processing conceptualization of cognitive development. It also includes updated content on intellectual disabilities that reflects the new information presented in the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-5).
  • UNDERSTANDING HUMAN BEHAVIOR AND THE SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT's chronological lifespan approach examines human behavior from perspectives of developmental milestones and environmental issues--allowing for a description of human growth from conception through adulthood. The text's logical arrangement places such issues as diversity and ethics within a familiar context for students.
  • Diversity material is covered in "Spotlight on Diversity" boxes and within the text narrative. Topics include cultural content and parenting style, educational programming that responds to cultural values, child physical abuse versus discipline in diverse cultural contexts, cross-cultural perspectives on gender role development, cross-cultural research on centenarians, and NASW's standards for culturally competent practice in social work. Charts highlight diversity content and mezzo/macro systems to help students spot important integrated material. The charts also appear in the endpapers.
  • Offering comprehensive coverage that includes everything pertinent to social work, the text presents a vast array of theories and research that seeks to explain and describe human development and behavior. It focuses on individual functioning within systems of various sizes, including families, groups, organizations, and communities.
  • The book is systematic in its approach to learning objectives and the assessment continuum. Learning objectives at the beginning of each chapter are developed throughout the text and reinforced in concept summaries and summary boxes. Other features, such as "Ethical Dilemma" boxes, also promote active learning.
  • "Ethical Questions" throughout each chapter encourage students to stop and reflect on the topics under discussion.
  • Adhering more closely than other texts to society standards for life stages, the text offers the standard set of dimensions for understanding life course development--biological, psychological, and social. Separate chapters on biological, psychological, and social impacts at the different lifespan stages help students to identify influence and behavior for each age group.
  • The book reflects current EPAS requirements. Helping Hands icons within the chapters and end-of-chapter Competency Notes spotlight text coverage of the required Core Competencies and recommended Practice Behaviors detailed by the EPAS.

Table of Contents

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1. Introduction to Human Behavior and the Social Environment.
Part I: INFANCY AND CHILDHOOD.
2. Biological Development in Infancy and Childhood.
3. Psychological Development in Infancy and Childhood.
4. Social Development in Infancy and Childhood.
5. Ethnocentrism and Racism.
Part II: ADOLESCENCE.
6. Biological Development in Adolescence.
7. Psychological Development in Adolescence.
8. Social Development in Adolescence.
9. Gender, Gender Identity, Gender Expression, and Sexism.
Part III: YOUNG AND MIDDLE ADULTHOOD.
10. Biological Aspects of Young and Middle Adulthood.
11. Psychological Aspects of Young and Middle Adulthood.
12. Sociological Aspects of Young and Middle Adulthood.
13. Sexual Orientation.
Part IV: LATER ADULTHOOD.
14. Biological Aspects of Later Adulthood.
15. Psychological Aspects of Later Adulthood.
16. Sociological Aspects of Later Adulthood.

Cengage provides a range of supplements that are updated in coordination with the main title selection. For more information about these supplements, contact your Learning Consultant.

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