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Description - Human Behavior in the Social Environment by Esther Urdang

This new and updated edition of the vital human behavior textbook for graduate-level social work students emphasizes the biopsychosocial framework with a psychodynamic and developmental perspective, with updated information on contemporary thinking and the application of postmodern theory. Written from the perspective of a classroom teacher, faculty advisor, and clinician, Human Behavior in the Social Environment discusses current social issues such as older people, violence, and abuse. The book approaches development through the life cycle, discussing the developmental challenges, tasks, and problems of each stage. Presenting complex concepts in a clear and understandable way, it also examines and integrates systems and organizational factors, as well as the impact of culture on clients and treatment programs. A helpful instructor's manual accompanies this text, and is available as a free download from Human Behavior in the Social Environment looks at: * the biopsychosocial perspective * psychoanalytic and ego psychology theories * object relations, self psychology, and cognitive-behavioral theories * postmodern theories: constructivism, relational therapy, narrative theory, and resilience * social systems in the community * culture and diversity * forms and organizations of the family * internal family structures and special family problems * reproductive issues, infancy, and early childhood development, * middle childhood and adolescence * adult development * life transitions, turning points, crises, and loss * illness and disability; mental health problems * and much more! With case vignettes, chapter-by-chapter learning exercises, and additional readings, as well as material from literary works, biographies, and newspapers, this copiously-referenced volume illustrates the complexities of human existence, the multiple social conflicts operating in society, and the relevance of social policy dilemmas. While especially designed to benefit and enlighten graduate social work students it is also a valuable resource for undergraduate social work students as well as beginning and advanced readers in human services such as nursing, medicine, public health, clinical psychology, counseling, who will find this both a helpful review and source of new knowledge.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780789034182
ISBN-10: 0789034182
Format: Paperback
(234mm x 156mm x mm)
Pages: 736
Imprint: Routledge Member of the Taylor and Francis Group
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
Publish Date: 12-May-2008
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Esther Urdang

Esther Urdang, PhD, formerly Adjunct Associate Professor and Assistant Director of Field Education, Boston College Graduate School of Social Work; Research Advisor, Adjunct Associate Professor, Smith College Graduate School for Social Work; Visiting Assistant Professor of Psychology, Wheaton College (Spring 2007). She is a licensed independent clinical social worker with over 35 years of experience in the field and holds a Diplomate in Social work from NASW. The author or co-author of numerous articles, Dr. Urdang has also written the first edition of Human Behavior in the Social Environment: Interweaving the Inner and Outer Worlds (Haworth) and Becoming a Social Worker: The First Year.

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