Human Behavior and the Social Environment

Human Behavior and the Social Environment : Micro Level - Individuals and Families

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In a fresh, elegant, and accessible manner, Human Behavior and the Social Environment, Micro Level explores the nuances of the biological, psychological, cultural, and spiritual dimensions of our social lives. Drawing on examples from social work, psychology, literature, philosophy, and current events, it richly illustrates human development and behavior, both normal and abnormal. Katherine van Wormer skillfully integrates recent research ranging from brain imaging to international surveys on happiness, lending extraordinary insight into our drives and motivations. The result is a singular textbook that truly bridges theory and practice by revealing the patterns and paradoxes of our behavior in the social context.*Outlines theoretical concepts and practice implications in each chapter *Places unique emphasis on biologys influence on human behavior, employing the latest empirical data in discussions of matters such as gender differences, genetics, and mental disorders *Focuses on evidence-based theory and research *Teaches from a global, cross-cultural, perspective, highlighting themes of empowerment and social justice *Features dynamic readings and personal narratives that highlight each chapters topic *Accompanied by an online instructors manual with Power Points for lecture presentations, chapter summaries, key terms, suggested classroom activities, and a test bank with essay and multiple choice questions Also available is a companion volume, Human Behavior and the Social Environment, Macro Level, written with Fred Besthorn and Thomas Keefe, which develops a sophisticated and original view of the cultural, global, spiritual, and natural worlds that people inhabit, and the impact of these worlds on human behavior.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 252 pages
  • 175.3 x 248.9 x 15.2mm | 385.56g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 21 halftones, 3 line illustrations
  • 0195187563
  • 9780195187564

Table of contents

I. Theoretical Perspectives; II. The Social Psychology of Group Behavior; III. The Small Group as a Social System; IV. Families in Society; V. Culture and Society; VI. Community and Community Development; VII. Human Behavior and the Organizational Environment: The Community; VIII. Human Behavior and the Natural Environment: The Community of the Earth; IX. Human Behavior and the Religious/Spiritual Environment: The Community of Faithshow more

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"Katherine van Wormer has achieved her purpose very well in this highly informative book that teaches us about being human from a cross-cultural perspective...The result is a unique textbook that truly bridges theory and practice. Specific strengths of this book are its highly readable writing style, extensive empirical documentation, and the application of content covered to the field of social work."--Cindy Snyder, Western Kentucky University "Katherine van Wormer has achieved her purpose very well in this highly informative book that teaches us about being human from a cross-cultural perspective...The result is a unique textbook that truly bridges theory and practice. Specific strengths of this book are its highly readable writing style, extensive empirical documentation, and the application of content covered to the field of social work."--Cindy Snyder, Western Kentucky University "Together, the two books by van Wormer and van Wormer, Besthorn and Keefe on Human Behavior and the Social Environment give a comprehensive overview of human behavior in the wider social context. They provide increased awareness of the connections between individual behavior, circumstances, cultural and global influences as well as ethical considerations that must form a part of personal and professional decision-making. Although these books sit well together, each one can also stand competently alone."--International Social Workshow more

About Katherine S. Van Wormer

Katherine van Wormer is Professor of Social Work at the University of Northern Iowa and is the author or co-author of nine books in the fields of women and criminal justice, addictions treatment, social welfare in global perspective, and confronting oppression. She has practiced social work in Washington State and Norway and has always been intrigued by human behavior cross-culturally and in the family. Her website is www.katherinevanwormer.com.show more

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