Contemporary Human Behavior Theory: A Critical Perspective for Social Work Practice

Contemporary Human Behavior Theory: A Critical Perspective for Social Work Practice, 4th edition

  • Susan P. Robbins, 
  • Pranab Chatterjee, 
  • Edward R. Canda, 
  • George S. Leibowitz

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Overview

Contemporary Human Behavior Theory helps you think critically about social work by analyzing the social, ideological and economic forces impacting individual problems. Each chapter covers and analyzes the research supporting a particular theory, while raising contemporary issues critical to social work practice today.

Published by Pearson (July 14th 2021) - Copyright © 2019

ISBN-13: 9780137524198

Table of contents

BRIEF TABLE OF CONTENTS

1. The Nature of Theories
2. Systems Theory
3. Conflict Theories
4. Theories of Empowerment and Social Capital
5. Feminist Theory
6. Theories of Assimilation, Acculturation, Bicultural Socialization, and Ethnic Minority Identity
7. Psychodynamic Theory
8. Theories of Life Span Development
9. Theories of Cognitive, Moral, and Faith Development
10. Symbolic Interaction
11. Phenomenology, Social Constructionism, and Hermeneutics
12. Behaviorism, Social Learning, and Exchange Theory
13. Transpersonal Theory
14. Application of Theories

DETAILED TABLE OF CONTENTS

1. The Nature of Theories
Organization of the Book and Rationale for Selection of Theories
Why Study Theories of Human Behavior?
Theories: What Are They?
The Social Construction of Theories
Ideology, Scientific Theory, and Social Work Practice
Determinism and Reductionism: A Problem of Social Construction
Theories: Application to Practice
Critical Analysis of Theory: The Missing Dimension
An Afterthought: Paths to Human Knowledge

2. Systems Theory
Historical Context
Key Concepts
Structural Functionalism
The Ecological Perspective
Dynamic Systems Theory
Deep Ecology
Ecofeminism
Contemporary Issues
Application to Social Work Practice
Critical Analysis
Consistency with Social Work Values
Philosophical Underpinnings
Methodological Issues and Empirical Support

3. Conflict Theories
Historical Context
Key Concepts
Class Conflict
Roads from Marx
Contemporary Issues
Application to Social Work Practice
Critical Analysis
Consistency with Social Work Values and Ethics
Philosophical Underpinnings
Methodological Issues and Empirical Support

Chapter 4: Theories of Empowerment and Social Capital
Historical Context
Key Concepts
Stratification, Oppression, and Inequality: The Sociopolitical Context of Empowerment Theories
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning and Intersex Empowerment Theories
Social Work Empowerment Theories
Social Capital Theory
Contemporary Issues
Application to Social Work Practice
Critical Analysis
Consistency with Social Work Values and Ethics
Philosophical Underpinnings
Methodological Issues and Empirical Support

5. Feminist Theory
Historical Context
Key Concepts
Feminist Theories
Contemporary Thought in Feminist Theory
Contemporary Issues
Application to Social Work Practice
Critical Analysis
Consistency with Social Work Values and Ethics
Philosophical Underpinnings
Methodological Issues and Empirical Support

6. Theories of Assimilation, Acculturation, and Bicultural Socialization and Ethnic Minority Identity
Historical Context
Key Concepts
Deficiency Theory
The Dual Perspective
Bicultural Socialization
Ethnic, Racial/Cultural and Minority Identity
A Multidimensional Transactional Model of Bicultural Identity
Transculturality
Cultural Competence
Contemporary Issues
Application to Social Work Practice
Critical Analysis
Consistency with Social Work Values and Ethics
Philosophical Underpinnings
Methodological Issues and Empirical Support

7. Psychodynamic Theory
Historical Context
Key Concepts
Sigmund Freud: Psychoanalysis
Roads from Freud
The Freudian Mainstream
The Freudian Left
Contemporary Issues
Application to Social Work Practice
Critical Analysis
Consistency with Social Work Values and Ethics
Philosophical Underpinnings
Methodological Issues and Empirical Support

8. Theories of Life Span Development
Historical Context
Key Concepts
Theoretical Knowledge about Physical Development
Theoretical Knowledge about Sexual Development
Theoretical Knowledge about Neurobiology and Neurotransmission
Theories of Psychosocial Development: The Life Span Approach
Roads from Erikson
Theories of Midlife Development
Life Span Development and Late Adulthood
Life Span Development of Women
Shame Resilience Theory
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, and Intersex Identity Development
Stage Theories: Popularity versus Validity
Contemporary Issues
Application to Social Work Practice
Critical Analysis
Consistency with Social Work Values and Ethics
Philosophical Underpinnings
Methodological Issues and Empirical Support

9. Theories of Cognitive, Moral, and Faith Development
Historical Context
Cognitive Development
Moral Development
Contemporary Issues
Application to Social Work Practice
Critical Analysis
Consistency with Social Work Values and Ethics
Philosophical Underpinnings
Methodological Issues and Empirical Support

10. Symbolic Interaction
Historical Context
Key Concepts
The Chicago School and Early Interactionism
Roads from Mead
Role Theory, Reference Groups, and Socialization through the Life Cycle
Contemporary Issues
Application to Social Work Practice
Critical Analysis
Consistency with Social Work Values and Ethics
Philosophical Underpinnings
Methodological Issues and Empirical Support

11. Phenomenology, Social Constructionism, and Hermeneutics
Historical Context
Key Concepts
Roads from Schutz
Contemporary Issues
Application to Social Work Practice
Critical Analysis
Consistency with Social Work Values and Ethics
Philosophical Underpinnings
Methodological Issues and Empirical Support

12. Behaviorism, Social Learning, and Exchange Theory
Behaviorism
Social Learning Theory
Exchange Theory
Contemporary Issues
Application to Social Work Practice
Critical Analysis
Consistency with Social Work Values and Ethics
Philosophical Underpinnings
Methodological Issues and Empirical Support

13. Transpersonal Theory
Historical Context
Key Concepts
Transpersonal and Integral Theories
Contemporary Issues
Application to Social Work Practice
Critical Analysis
Consistency with Social Work Values and Ethics
Philosophical Underpinnings
Methodological Issues and Empirical Support

14. Application of Theories
Alternative Approaches to Theory Selection
"Measuring Up" to the Themes for Critical Reflection on Theories
Person-Focused Theories
Environment-Focused Theories
Twelve Great Ideas
An Example of Integrating Theories for a Practice Issue
Roads from Here: Future Possibilities and Challenges for Innovation in Human Behavior Theory

References
Discography
Name Index
Subject Index

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