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

Charles Zastrow, Karen K. Kirst-Ashman

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  • Previous Editions 2013, 2010, 2007
  • 848 Pages
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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).

Charles Zastrow, University of Wisconsin, Whitewater, Emeritus Professor

Charles Zastrow, MSW, Ph.D., 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: 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, University of Wisconsin, Whitewater

Karen K. Kirst-Ashman is Professor Emerita and former chairperson in the Social Work Department at the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater, where she taught for 28 years. She has written six social work textbooks in multiple editions and numerous publications, articles and reviews on social work and women's issues. She also 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. Dr. Kirst-Ashman has been a member on the Board of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and has served as a CSWE accreditation site visitor on various occasions. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Wisconsin. She has received both the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater Roseman Award for Excellence in Teaching and the University Outstanding Teaching Award. She earned her B.S.W. and M.S.S.W. degrees at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and her Ph.D. in Social Work at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has worked as a practitioner and administrator in child welfare and mental health agencies.
  • 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 13, "Sexual Orientation," includes suggestions for effective social work practice with LGBT people, updated content on lesbians and gay men in the military, updated content on lesbian and gay marriage, new content on legalized same-sex marriage around the world, and new content on hate crimes against GLBTQ people.
  • 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).
  • 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 7, "Psychological Development in Adolescence," incorporates updated statistics and content about suicide.
  • Chapter 8, "Social Development in Adolescence," includes DSM-5 classifications of major mental disorders as well as new material on stopping a perpetrator from continuing to commit a specific crime.
  • Chapter 9, "Gender, Gender Identity, Gender Expression, and Sexism," has new or updated content on the gender spectrum, including new terms as well as material on cultural diversity concerning the gender spectrum; cross-cultural perspectives concerning gender-role development, including subject matter on Arab and Muslim Americans as well as African Americans; women in politics; sexual harassment in the workplace and in educational settings; and the reporting of rapes and rape survivors' treatment in the legal system.
  • Chapter 11, "Psychological Aspects of Young and Middle Adulthood," presents information on the key to success in work and in life (being focused), drug-related deaths of famous people, use of performance-enhancing drugs in baseball, and babies who are crack-exposed.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
1. Introduction to Human Behavior and the Social Environment.
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.
6. Biological Development in Adolescence.
7. Psychological Development in Adolescence.
8. Social Development in Adolescence.
9. Gender, Gender Identity, Gender Expression, and Sexism.
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.
14. Biological Aspects of Later Adulthood.
15. Psychological Aspects of Later Adulthood.
16. Sociological Aspects of Later Adulthood.
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