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Brooks/Cole Empowerment Series: Understanding Human Behavior and the Social Environment, 9th Edition

  • Charles Zastrow University of Wisconsin, Whitewater, Emeritus Professor
  • Karen K. Kirst-Ashman University of Wisconsin, Whitewater
  • ISBN-10: 0840028652  |  ISBN-13: 9780840028655
  • 768 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2010, 2007
  • © 2013 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $171.75
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Overview

Zastrow and Kirst-Ashman's UNDERSTANDING HUMAN BEHAVIOR AND THE SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT looks at 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. As 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 2008 Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS) set by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

Features and Benefits

  • 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.
  • 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 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 involvers like the "Ethical Dilemma" boxes also promote active learning.

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.

What's New

  • NEW This edition is thoroughly up to date with the most recent EPAS requirements. NEW 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 CSWE's new EPAS 2008.
  • NEW In addition to updates in general lifespan development research, this edition includes discussion of such timely, engaging topics as the role of great-grandparents in child-rearing, same-sex marriage, counseling services in the third world, economic disparity, learning disabilities, fetal development, conversion therapy, and contraception.
  • NEW This edition's ancillary package includes the new Curriculum Quick Guide for instructors, which provides step-by-step instructions and tools to track your students' learning progress and understanding of CSWE competencies. The Practice Behaviors Workbook for students offers role-play prompts and written exercises to tie EPAS application to content presented in the text. Additionally, CourseMate brings course concepts to life with interactive learning, study, and exam preparation tools that support the printed textbook.
  • NEW The ethics boxes have been expanded and updated to address contemporary social issues and ethics in terms of human lifespan development.
  • NEW Human diversity coverage has been updated to include new ethnic and social groups and their role in today's ever-evolving society.
  • NEW The authors have enhanced their discussions of mezzo and macro practice to include how each relates to emerging issues in today's world.
  • NEW Competency Notes, tied to the CSWE EPAS, have been added to the end of each chapter to reinforce the connection between content, application, and practice.

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Instructor Supplements

Cengage Advantage Books: Understanding Human Behavior and the Social Environment  (ISBN-10: 1133314406 | ISBN-13: 9781133314400)

Zastrow and Kirst-Ashman's UNDERSTANDING HUMAN BEHAVIOR AND THE SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT looks at 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. As 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 2008 Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS) set by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

List Price = $144.95  | CengageBrain Price = $144.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $108.75

PowerLecture  (ISBN-10: 1133354254 | ISBN-13: 9781133354253)

PowerLecture instructor resources are a collection of book-specific lecture and class tools on either CD or DVD. The fastest and easiest way to build powerful, customized media-rich lectures, PowerLecture assets include chapter-specific PowerPoint® presentations, images, animations and video, instructor manuals, Test Banks, useful web links and more. PowerLecture media-teaching tools are an effective way to enhance the educational experience.

Online Instructor’s Manual  (ISBN-10: 1133354262 | ISBN-13: 9781133354260)

The Test Bank offers many essay and multiple-choice questions.

Online Test Bank  (ISBN-10: 1133372147 | ISBN-13: 9781133372141)

The Test Bank offers many essay and multiple-choice questions.

Practice Behaviors Workbook  (ISBN-10: 1133354246 | ISBN-13: 9781133354246)

This innovative, all-new practice-oriented workbook includes experiential learning exercises explicitly aligned to the practice behaviors recommended in the Council on Social Work Education's (CSWE) Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS). The workbook encourages students to begin developing their skills with social work practice behaviors through case-based exercises, short answer ethical questions, critical-thinking questions, and role-play exercises in class or as activity assignments to be done outside of class. Each exercise is linked to specific practice behaviors, and each chapter is followed by an assessment rubric to be completed by the student, a peer evaluator, or their instructor, to foster accountability.

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Cengage Learning's Social Work CourseMate brings course concepts to life with interactive learning, study, and exam preparation tools that support the printed textbook. CourseMate includes an integrated eBook, quizzes, flashcards, and more, and EngagementTracker, a first-of-its-kind tool that monitors student engagement in the course. The accompanying instructor website offers access to password-protected resources such as an electronic version of the instructor's manual, Test Bank, and PowerPoint® slides.

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Helping Professions Learning Center 2-Semester Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 0495500879 | ISBN-13: 9780495500872)

Designed to help you bridge the gap between coursework and practice, the Helping Professions Learning Center (HPLC) offers a centralized online resource that allows students to build skills and gain even more confidence and familiarity with the principles that govern the life of the helping professional. The interactive site consists of: Video Activities organized by curriculum area and accompanied by critical thinking questions; Ethics, Diversity, and Theory-based Case Studies; Flashcards and Practice Quizzes; a Professional Development Center; and a Research and Writing Center.

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Cengage Advantage Books: Understanding Human Behavior and the Social Environment  (ISBN-10: 1133314406 | ISBN-13: 9781133314400)

Zastrow and Kirst-Ashman's UNDERSTANDING HUMAN BEHAVIOR AND THE SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT looks at 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. As 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 2008 Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS) set by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

List Price = $144.95  | CengageBrain Price = $144.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $108.75

Practice Behaviors Workbook  (ISBN-10: 1133354246 | ISBN-13: 9781133354246)

This innovative, all-new practice-oriented workbook includes experiential learning exercises explicitly aligned to the practice behaviors recommended in the Council on Social Work Education's (CSWE) Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS). The workbook encourages you to begin developing your skills with social work practice behaviors through case-based exercises, short-answer ethical questions, critical-thinking questions, and role-play exercises in class or as activity assignments to be done outside of class. Each exercise is linked to specific practice behaviors, and each chapter is followed by an assessment rubric to be completed by you, a peer evaluator, or your instructor, to foster accountability.

List Price = $74.95  | CengageBrain Price = $74.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $56.25

CourseMate Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1133354270 | ISBN-13: 9781133354277)

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Helping Professions Learning Center 2-Semester Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 0495500879 | ISBN-13: 9780495500872)

Designed to help you bridge the gap between coursework and practice, the Helping Professions Learning Center (HPLC) offers a centralized online resource that allows you to build your skills and gain even more confidence and familiarity with the principles that govern the life of the helping professional. The interactive site consists of: Video Activities organized by curriculum area and accompanied by critical thinking questions; Ethics, Diversity, and Theory-based Case Studies; Flashcards and Practice Quizzes; a Professional Development Center; and a Research and Writing Center.

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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. 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 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.