About this Product

Overview

For Human Behavior in the Social Environment courses offered in departments of Social Work and Human Services at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

About The Author

Charles Zastrow

Charles Zastrow, MSW, Ph.D., is a professor in the MSW program at George Williams College in Williams Bay, Wisconsin. He previously taught in the Social Work Department of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. 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 is a member of the BPD board. A leader in social work education and a best-selling author, Dr. Zastrow has written four other textbooks: THE PRACTICE OF SOCIAL WORK, 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

Karen K. Kirst-Ashman, BSW, MSSW, PhD, has been a full professor and was 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. She 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 the University Outstanding Teaching Award in 2007. She has been a member of the board of directors of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) in addition to being an accreditation site visitor. She is also a current member of CSWE, 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 has written six social work textbooks in multiple editions and numerous publications, articles, and reviews concerning social work and women's issues.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction to Human Behavior in 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 AND YOUNG ADULTHOOD.
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. 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.

Features

  • UNDERSTANDING HUMAN BEHAVIOR AND THE SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT, 8th Edition, International Edition's chronological life span 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • UNDERSTANDING HUMAN BEHAVIOR AND THE SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT, 8th Edition, International Edition is much more systematic in its approach to learning objectives and the assessment continuum than competing texts. Learning objectives at the beginning of each chapter are developed throughout the text and reinforced in concept summaries and summary boxes. Other involvers like the Ethical Dilemma boxes also promote active learning.

New to this Edition

  • Updated human diversity coverage includes new discussions of multiculturalism and cultural competencies, empowerment, strengths perspective and resiliency, with specific coverage of Latino and Hispanic communities' promotion of strengths and empowerment, discrimination against Arab Americans and American Muslims, concepts important to Native Americans, gender identity and expression, the special issues and needs of men, human rights, and immigration status.
  • Updated human diversity coverage includes new discussions of multiculturalism and cultural competencies, empowerment, strengths perspective and resiliency, with specific coverage of Latino and Hispanic communities' promotion of strengths and empowerment, discrimination against Arab Americans and American Muslims, concepts important to Native Americans, gender identity and expression, the special issues and needs of men, human rights, and immigration status.Improved coverage of mezzo and macro practice offers more clarity and expanded explanations of strengths and empowerment approaches.
  • The book's vibrant new design facilitates student comprehension and retention. UNDERSTANDING HUMAN BEHAVIOR IN THE SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT, International Edition now features a full-color presentation, as well as an enhanced suite of pedagogical features that includes Chapter Opener Vignettes, Learning Objectives tied to test items, Spotlight on Diversity boxes, bulleted chapter summaries, concept summaries, and more.
  • Expanded ethics boxes now include rubrics to guide students in considering what to do in certain situations.

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Student Manual
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This helpful guide includes chapter outlines and a variety of classroom exercises, role plays, and issues for discussion to help students master text material.

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