While social work policy can be considered the what, and practice, the how, the study of human behavior is concerned with why. Why do people do the things they do? Why do individuals behave differently in groups than when alone? Why do some people become the victims of their lives while others who have endured tragedy become life's heroes?
Resilience across the life span is a new major theme of the second edition of the bestselling Human Behavior and the Social Environment, Micro Level. In an elegant and accessible manner, Katherine van Wormer explores the nuances of the biological, psychological, cultural, and spiritual dimensions of our social lives from an ecosystems and empowerment-based perspective. Drawing on examples from social work, psychology, literature, philosophy, and current events, vignettes highlight the turning points in our lives and invite students to explore the contradictions between how we mean to be and how others view us. The result is an essential book that bridges theory and practice, providing extraordinary insight into our drives and motivations, and revealing the myriad patterns and paradoxes of our behavior in the social context.
Chapter 1 Human Behavior: Theoretical Concepts
Chapter 2 Biological Factors in Human Behavior
Chapter 3 The Psychology of Human Behavior
Chapter 4 Birth through Adolescence
Chapter 5 Early Adulthood through Middle Age
Chapter 6 Late Middle Age Through the End of Life
Chapter 7 The Individual in the Family
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