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While social work policy can be considered the what, and practice, the how, the study of human behavior is concerned with the 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?

In an 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. Human Behavior and the Social Environment, Micro Leveldraws on a resilience model to explore the dynamics of human behavior across the life span. Biological, psychological, and spiritual dimensions are covered, while illustrations and vignettes from social work, psychology, literature, philosophy, and current events highlight the turning points in our lives. Critical thinking questions are also provided by the author. The result is an essential book that bridges theory and practice in accordance with the 2015 Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) standards.

New to the Third Edition:

  • Infusion of material consistent with recent revisions in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5).
  • Incorporation of material as required in the 2015 version of the Council on Social Work Education's (CSWE) Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards.
  • Inclusion of the latest scientific research from the fields of science and medicine.
  • Attention to the assessment of individual and family clients from an evidence-based perspective.
  • Addition of exciting biographical, autobiographical, and literary material.
  • Inclusion of descriptions of new family forms in conjunction with modern reproductive technologies.
  • Linking of subject matter in the first volume to topics in the second volume (e.g., cultural diversity in the Micro text relates to biodiversity in the Macro volume).


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