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Human Behavior and the Social Environment, Micro Level

Individuals and Families

Third Edition

Katherine Van Wormer

Publication Date - April 2017

ISBN: 9780190211097

344 pages
7 x 10 inches

In Stock


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


  • 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 volume II. For example, cultural diversity in the micro text relates to biodiversity in the macro volume.

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.

Table of Contents

    1 Human Behavior: Theoretical Concepts
    2 Biological Factors in Human Behavior
    3 The Psychology of Human Behavior
    4 Birth Through Adolescence
    5 Early Adulthood Through Middle Age
    6 Late Middle Age Through the End of Life
    7 The Individual in the Family
    Epilogue: An End That Is a Beginning
    Appendix: Relevant Internet Sites