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Human Behavior and the Social Environment, Macro Level

Groups, Communities, and Organizations

Third Edition

Katherine Van Wormer and Fred Besthorn

Publication Date - April 2017

ISBN: 9780190211066

384 pages
7 x 10 inches

In Stock


A timely revision in this global age, Human Behavior and the Social Environment, Macro Level develops a sophisticated and original view of the cultural, global, spiritual, and natural worlds that people inhabit, and explores the impact of these worlds on human behavior. An ecosystems/sustainability framework emerges as a key characteristic of contemporary practice. What is sustainable social work? What are the characteristics of a sustainable community? How is the present exploitation of environmental resources unsustainable for future generations? In accordance with the 2015 Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) standards, attention is paid to environmental justice as well as diversity and difference.


  • A whole chapter devoted the social psychology of group behavior
  • Many new boxed readings, and photographs, and new topic discussions, for example, human rights, historical trauma, and trauma informed care
  • A heightened emphasis on ecosystems as opposed to general systems models
  • Attention to the core competencies of CSWE's 2015 Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards

About the Author(s)

Katherine Van Wormer, PhD, MSSW, is Professor of Social Work at the University of Northern Iowa and is the author of 15 books in the fields of women and criminal justice, addictions treatment, social welfare in a global perspective, and confronting oppression.

Fred H. Besthorn, PhD, MSW, is Professor and MSW Program Director in the School of Social Work at Wichita State University.

Table of Contents

    1 Theoretical Perspectives
    2 The Social Psychology of Group Behavior
    3 Families in Society
    4 Culture and Society
    5 Community and Community Development
    6 Human Behavior and the Organizational Environment: The Community of Work
    7 Human Behavior and the Natural Environment: The Community of the Earth
    8 Human Behavior and the Religious/Spiritual Environment: The Community of Faith
    Appendix: Relevant Internet Sites