Human Behavior and the Social Environment: Theory and Practice by Joan Granucci LesserHuman Behavior and the Social Environment: Theory and Practice by Joan Granucci Lesser

Human Behavior and the Social Environment: Theory and Practice

byJoan Granucci Lesser, Donna Saia Pope

Paperback | February 23, 2010

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This comprehensive text integrates multiple dimensions of the human experience in a reader-friendly style and provides the interface between developmental theory and practice.


Human Behavior and the Social Environment, 1/e, introduces and incorporates current research on the biological, psychological, socio-cultural, and spiritual dimensions of human behavior throughout the life-cycle. The authors provide an appropriate focus on contemporary perspectives that are central to the practice of social work, such as trauma, neurobiological underpinnings of behavior, chronic illness and disability. They pay particular attention to models of racial, ethnic, class, gender and gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender identity development; to the influences of gender, sexual orientation, social class, race and culture on family structure and function, and to issues pertinent to a variety of “post-modern” family forms.


Additionally, the text explores macro influences of groups, communities and organizations in individual chapters. It also contains a chapter on social welfare policy that examines the impact of specific policies at each stage of the life-cycle and paves the way for new directions in research and future directions in policy and practice.

Joan Granucci Lesser, Ph.D., is currently a Resident Adjunct Associate Professor, and Chair of Social Work Practice at the Smith College School for Social Work She was previously Associate Professor at the Springfield College School of Social Work where she served as chair of Human Behavior and the Social Environment and Social Work Pr...
Title:Human Behavior and the Social Environment: Theory and PracticeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:624 pages, 8.9 × 7.4 × 1.2 inPublished:February 23, 2010Publisher:Pearson EducationLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:020579274X

ISBN - 13:9780205792740


Table of Contents


CHAPTER 1  An Integrating Framework for Human Behavior Theory and Social Work Practice

CHAPTER 2  Neurobiological Underpinnings of Human Development

CHAPTER 3 Theories of Development

CHAPTER 4  Identity Development 

CHAPTER 5 The Family in Society

CHAPTER 6 Group-Work Practice

CHAPTER 7 Communities and Organizations

CHAPTER 8 Spiritual Development by Carolyn Jacobs, M.S.W., Ph. D.

CHAPTER 9 Infancy

CHAPTER 10 Early Childhood: The Toddler and Early School Years

CHAPTER 11 Middle Childhood

CHAPTER 12  Adolescence

CHAPTER 13 Early Adulthood

CHAPTER 14 Middle Adulthood

CHAPTER 15  Diversity in Older Adulthood by Ann Roy, Ph. D.

CHAPTER 16  Trauma and Development

CHAPTER 17 Chronic Illness and Disability

CHAPTER 18 Social Policy Through the Life Cycle by Joyce E. Everett, Ph. D.