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Social Environments and Human Behavior

Contexts for Practice with Groups, Organizations, Communities, and Social Movements

Second Edition

T. Laine Scales, Jon Singletary, and H. Stephen Cooper

Publication Date - September 2016

ISBN: 9780190658601

256 pages
6 x 9 inches

In Stock


Social Environments and Human Behavior focuses on the influence and interaction of groups, communities, organizations, and social movements in the lives of all individuals. The text brings together theoretical information with practice application, highlighting the historical foundations of social work in larger settings, and providing students the opportunity to make broader curricular connections. Each unit contains an overview of theoretical materials on groups, organizations, and communities followed by three selected readings: the first is a classic article by one of the pioneers of the field, the second reading is a literary or artistic selection that allows students to make personal and creative connections, and the third is a comprehensive decision case that gives readers an opportunity to apply the theoretical knowledge and illustrates the relationship between HBSE, practice, policy and research. This approach combines the best features of both a textbook and a reader, appealing to multiple learning styles and providing instructors maximum flexibility.

New to this Edition

  • Completely updated for the 2015 EPAS.


  • Each chapter includes a theoretical overview, a historical article, a relevant literary selection, and an extended decision case.
  • "Competency connections" sidebars encourage cross-curriculum integration -- students are challenged to think about how HBSE material on larger systems intersects with what they are learning in other areas such as practice, research, policy and history of social welfare.
  • In response to current trends in social work education, the text includes content on social capital, asset-building, faith based organizations, rural social work, and global issues.
  • Teaches cultural competency by integrating themes of gender, class, race, and ethnicity.

About the Author(s)

T. Laine Scales, PhD, MSW, is Professor and Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Professional Development at Baylor University.

Jon E. Singletary, PhD, MSW, is Dean and Professor of the Diana R. Garland School of Social Work at Baylor University.

H. Stephen Cooper, PhD, MSW, is Associate Dean and Director of the Division of Multidisciplinary Programs and Associate Professor in the School of Social Work at Stephen F. Austin State University.

Table of Contents

    Human Behavior and Your Social Work Curriculum: An Introduction
    EPAS and Competency Connections

    UNIT I Small Groups 1
    Reading 1 Human Behavior in Small Groups
    Reading 2 Resistance and Hostility in Group Members
    Reading 3 The Caregivers
    Reading 4 Taking Theory to Practice

    UNIT II Human Behavior in Organizations
    Reading 1 Human Behavior in Organizations: An Overview
    Reading 2 Principles of Scientific Management
    Reading 3 Compassion Song
    Reading 4 Taking Theory to Practice

    UNIT III Communities
    Reading 1 Human Behavior in Communities
    Reading 2 The Good Community-What Would It Be?
    Reading 3 Photographic Essay: Thriving Communities of Northeastern Africa
    Reading 4 Taking Theory to Practice

    UNIT IV Social Movements
    Reading 1 Human Behavior in Social Movements
    Reading 2 Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions, Seneca Falls Convention
    Reading 3 Patriotic Observations
    Reading 4 Taking Theory to Practice