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Human Behavior and the Social Environment
Human Behavior and the Social Environment
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Presents major theories for systems addressed in generalist practice

This text is part of the Connecting Core Competencies Series.

Human Behavior and the Social Environment: Social Systems Theory provides an expanded treatment of systems theory, and applies the theory to common social work concerns. The text links systems to social roles, and provides a framework for critical assessment of the theories from the systems/roles perspective. It assesses the strengths and weaknesses of each theory with regard to the value of each theory for social work practice.

Social systems theory remains the focus of this text. In addition theories are identified as grand theories, middle range theories, or focal theories, to assist the student in understanding the scope and application of theories across system sizes. This text breaks new ground in using role theory as a middle range theory to address common features of human systems at a level that is more intuitive for students, and yet detailed enough to stimulate independent thinking. The text addresses the standard repertoire of theories, and in addition presents application of the theories to social issues such as violence and addiction.

A better teaching and learning experience

This program will provide a better teaching and learning experience-for you and your students. Here's how:

  • Improve Critical Thinking - Links systems processes and concepts to role theory as a middle range perspective.
  • Engage Students - Relates social systems concepts to the contexts of generalist social work practice
  • Explore Current Issues - Provides an integrative perspective for the diverse theories used by social workers
  • Apply CSWE Core Competencies - The text integrates the 2008 CSWE EPAS, with critical thinking questions and practice tests to assess student understanding and development of competency.
  • Support Instructors - An Instructor's Manual and Test Bank, Computerized Test Bank (MyTest), BlackBoard Test Item File, and PowerPoint presentations are included in the outstanding supplements package.


About the Author: Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Orren Dale, PhD, received his MSSW from the University of Missouri, and his doctorate in Social Work Administration from Tulane University. He is currently licensed in clinical social work in both Texas and Oklahoma. Dale has extensive experience in social work education (teaching, administration, and field practicum) and accreditation at the undergraduate and graduate level. He currently teaches undergraduate and graduate human behavior and practice classes. His areas of expertise include workplace violence, addictions, human sexuality, and human behavior.


Rebecca Smith, PhD, received her MSSW and PhD from the University of Texas at Arlington. She is currently licensed in Texas. She has extensive experience in social policy, social work administration and CSWE accreditation. She teaches across the curriculum in both the undergraduate and graduate programs. Her areas of expertise include social work education, social group work, Title IV-E, and human behavior.


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Product Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780205036486
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publisher Imprint: Pearson
  • Depth: 13
  • Height: 251 mm
  • No of Pages: 464
  • Series Title: Mysearchlab
  • Sub Title: Social Systems Theory
  • Width: 201 mm
  • ISBN-10: 0205036481
  • Publisher Date: 02 Jul 2012
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Edition: 7
  • Language: English
  • Returnable: N
  • Spine Width: 15 mm
  • Weight: 702 gr


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