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Contemporary Human Behavior Theory: A Critical Perspective for Social Workers, CourseSmart eTextbook, 3rd Edition

By Susan P. Robbins, Pranab Chatterjee, Edward R. Canda

Published by Pearson

Published Date: Apr 13, 2011

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Contemporary Human Behavior Theory: A Critical Perspective for Social Work, 3/e is the first HSBE text to approach the subject from a comparative theory perspective, providing coverage of the most current and contemporary theories as well as traditional theories.

 

A consistent framework for analysis is provided for all of the theoretical systems that are covered. This text encourages students to develop critical thinking skills in analyzing and comparing theories, and includes contemporary developments in traditional lifespan theory, theories of political economy, and a separate chapter on transpersonal theory (Ch. 12). Each chapter includes coverage of the research that supports a particular theory, an analysis of the validity of that research, and a discussion of updated “Contemporary Issues.”

Table of Contents

Chapter 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 Afterthough: Paths to Human Knowledge

 

Chapter 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

 

Chapter 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

Historical Context

Key Concepts

Stratification, Oppression, and Inequality:
The Sociopolitical Context of Empowerment Theories.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersexed Empowerment Theories

Social Work Empowerment Theories

Contemporary Issues

Application to Social Work Practice

Critical Analysis

Consistency with Social Work Values and Ethics

Philosophical Underpinnings

Methodological Issues and Empirical Support

 

Chapter 5: Feminist Theory

Historical Context

Key Concepts

Feminist Theories

Contemproary 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

 

Chapter 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

 

Chapter 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

 

Chapter 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 Intersexed 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

 

Chapter 9: Theories of Cognitive and Moral 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

 

Chapter 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

 

Chapter 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

 

Chapter 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

 

Chapter 13: Transpersonal Theory

Historical Context

Key Concepts

Transpersonal Theories

Contemporary Issues

Application to Social Work Practice

Critical Analysis

Consistency with Social Work Values and Ethics

Philosophical Underpinnings

Methodological Issues and Empirical Support

 

Chapter 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 and Bibliography

Discography

Author Index

Subject Index

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