Cengage Learning

Higher Education

Understanding Human Behavior and the Social Environment, 7th Edition

  • Charles Zastrow George Williams College
  • Karen K. Kirst-Ashman University of Wisconsin, Whitewater
  • ISBN-10: 049500622X  |  ISBN-13: 9780495006220
  • 704 Pages
  • © 2007 | Published
  • Newer Edition Available

About

Overview

Help your students understand the mysteries of human behavior with Zastrow and Kirst-Ashman’s text. Now available with a personalized online learning plan, this social work-specific book looks at lifespan through the lens of social work theory and practice. The authors use an empowerment approach to cover human development and behavior theories within the context of family, organizational, and community systems. Using a chronological lifespan approach, the authors present separate chapters on biological, psychological, and social impacts at the different lifespan stages with an emphasis on strengths and empowerment.

Features and Benefits

  • A chronological life span approach examines human behavior from perspectives of developmental milestones and environmental issues and allows for a description of human growth from conception through adulthood.
  • 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 text presents a vast array of theories and research that seek 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 the "Spotlight on Diversity" boxes and within the text narrative. Examples of content includes: 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 aid the student in spotting important integrated material. In order to underscore their use as a helpful reference, these charts appear on the text’s endpapers.
  • The text includes examples on current international perspectives and concerns such as perspectives on abortion policy, treatment approach to drug abuse in the Netherlands, and AIDS in Africa.
  • "Perspective," a feature that starts each chapter, provides thought-provoking vignettes that encourage critical thinking and help to make the information on theories relevant to practice settings.
  • Case examples, illustrations, photos and exercises help students learn how theories are applied to social work practice.
  • The authors examine the effect of social and economic forces on individuals (micro) and social (macro) systems.

Table of Contents

1. Theoretical Perspectives on 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 Roles 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.

What's New

  • A new emphasis on strengths and empowerment across the lifespan illustrates this important, effective practice approach.
  • Just what you need to know and do NOW! Access to CengageNOW, an assignable, integrated online suite of services and resources with proven ease of use and efficient paths to success, is available bundled with the text. A personalized online learning companion that assesses individual study needs and builds focused Personalized Learning Plans, CengageNOW for Zastrow and Kirst-Ashman’s book includes pre- and post-tests, video clips, learning modules, Web resources, and case studies. Contact your Cengage Learning representative for further details.
  • New material on social and economic justice reinforces the text’s established focus on diversity and diverse populations.
  • New "Ethical Questions" boxes provide expanded content on many of the provocative issues raised throughout the text.
  • This edition includes updated HBSE content specified in the Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS) of the Council on Social Work Education.
  • At the Book Companion Website, you and your students will find chapter-by-chapter online quizzes, glossary terms and flashcards, Web links, EPAS updates, and new InfoMarks® selections and exercises for every chapter.

Supplements

All supplements have been updated in coordination with the main title. Select the main title's "About" tab, then select "What's New" for updates specific to title's edition.

For more information about these supplements, or to obtain them, contact your Learning Consultant.

Instructor Supplements

ExamView® (Windows/Macintosh)  (ISBN-10: 0495127612 | ISBN-13: 9780495127611)

Quickly create customized tests that can be delivered in print or online. ExamView’s simple "what you see is what you get" interface allows you to easily generate tests of up to 250 items. (Contains all the Test Bank questions electronically).

CengageNOW, InfoTrac® 1-Semester, Helping Professions Learning Center Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 0495318396 | ISBN-13: 9780495318392)

CengageNOW is an easy-to-use online resource that helps you study in less time to get the grade you want.

CengageNOW on Blackboard® Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 0495509930 | ISBN-13: 9780495509936)

CengageNOW is an easy-to-use online resource that helps you study in less time to get the grade you want.

Instructor’s Manual with Test Bank  (ISBN-10: 0495127590 | ISBN-13: 9780495127598)

By Vicki Vogel. The Instructor’s Manual contains resources designed to streamline and maximize the effectiveness of your course preparation. The Instructor’s Manual offers instructions on how to use the exercises in the Student Manual to facilitate class activities. The Test Bank includes discussion topics or essay questions, multiple-choice and true or false questions.

Using Brooks/Cole’s Online Resources Effectively: A Primer for Instructors  (ISBN-10: 0495001104 | ISBN-13: 9780495001102)

This booklet provides instructors with basic information on effectively integrating technology into their teaching--whether for a traditionally taught course, a hybrid course (part-live and part-online), or for a course taught exclusively online. Features include an outline of competency components for a successful online instructor, examples of instructional assignments utilizing various curriculum connector resources, guiding principles for teaching online with instructional design suggestions, and a “faculty favorite” section featuring samples of assignments employed by faculty using Cengage Learning texts and online resources.

Student Supplements

Student Manual  (ISBN-10: 0495127604 | ISBN-13: 9780495127604)

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

CengageNOW, InfoTrac® 1-Semester, Helping Professions Learning Center Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 0495318396 | ISBN-13: 9780495318392)

CengageNOW is an easy-to-use online resource that helps you study in less time to get the grade you want.

CengageNOW on Blackboard® Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 0495509930 | ISBN-13: 9780495509936)

CengageNOW is an easy-to-use online resource that helps you study in less time to get the grade you want.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Charles Zastrow

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, where he currently teaches. 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 bestselling author, Dr. Zastrow has written more than 45 articles in professional journals as well as nine books, including four 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 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 been the recipient of both the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater Roseman Award for Excellence in Teaching and the University Outstanding Teaching Award. She earned her BSW degree and MSSW degree 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.