Human Behavior Theory: A Diversity Framework

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-06-15
  • Publisher: Routledge
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As American society becomes increasingly diverse, socialworkers must use a variety of human behavior frameworksto understand their client’s culturally complex concerns.This text applies specific human behavior theories to diversitypractice. They show how human behavior theorycan be employed in interventions in the life problems ofdiverse client populations at the individual, group, socialnetwork, and societal levels.Several groups are examined. They include: minoritygroups; ethnic groups; women; older adults; members ofcertain social classes affected by economic and educational(dis)advantage, especially those living in poverty;people with developmental disabilities, people of varyingsexual and gender orientations, and religious groups.Case studies that illustrate social work practice in thearea are highlighted. The case studies include Social WorkPractice within a Diversity Framework; The Social WorkInterview; Symbolic Interactionism: Social Work Assessment,Meaning, and Language; Erikson’s Eight Stages ofDevelopment; Role Theory and Social Work Practice; AConstructionist Approach; Risk, Resilience and Resettlement;Addressing Diverse Family Forms; Small GroupTheory; Natural Social Networks; Power Factors in SocialWork Practice. This volume will be a fundament resourcefor practitioners and an essential tool for training.

Table of Contents

Defining Social Work Practice within a Diversity Frameworkp. 1
The Social Work Interview: Legacy of Carl Rogers and Sigmund Freudp. 31
Symbolic Interactionism: Social Work Assessment, Language and Meaningp. 59
Erikson's Eight Stages of Development: Different Lensesp. 77
Role Theory and Social Work Practicep. 101
A Social Constructionist Approach with Diverse Populationsp. 123
Risk, Resilience, and Resettlementp. 147
A Systems Approach: Addressing Diverse Family Formsp. 167
Small-Group Theory and Social Work: Promoting Diversity and Social Justice or Recreating Inequities?p. 201
Working with Natural Social Networks: An Ecological Approachp. 231
Power Factors in Social Work Practicep. 251
Indexp. 275
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