Human Behavior and the Social Environment

Human Behavior and the Social Environment: Social Systems Theory  by Orren Dale & Rebecca Smith pdf

Human Behavior and the Social Environment: Social Systems Theory by Orren Dale & Rebecca Smith pdf

This, the seventh edition of Human Behavior and the Social Environment : Social Systems Theory, marks the continuing development of our ideas on social systems theory as a foundation to generalist practice. In this book, we discuss the importance of environmental influences on the behavior of systems. That being so, it is important to note some things in the environment that have changed since the first edition appeared more than twenty years ago.

We have made significant revisions to the organization of the text while retaining the central emphasis on theories relevant to social work practice. Prior editions were formatted in parts to facilitate the teaching of the content in either one course (usually at the graduate level) or a series of two courses (usually at the undergraduate level). That format required the repetition of some material throughout the five parts of the text to ensure that students had the opportunity to review the major concepts as they progressed through the course sequence. With the elimination of parts, we have the opportunity to include both new and expanded material.

This edition is organized around the new professional competencies mandated by the Council on Social Work Education. It is apparent in the format of this text that we have worked to link the text to the relevant areas of designated core competencies, which are organized around the concept of generalist social work practice. With the help of Ashley Dodge and Carly Czech, we have formatted the text to highlight the linkage of theories to required practice skills. It is our hope that this format will help you develop a unified view of the total range of professional social work activities.

We have included a significant new section on role theory, which we present as a logical extension of systems theory concepts and dynamics. This new edition provides support for the systems thinking model presented. Following the CSWE paradigm, we have organized the discussion of theories in a roughly increasing order of magnitude from individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities. As before, we have noted that many theories have implications and application to multiple system levels. We have noted where theories complement or contradict one another in our effort to promote a more systematic eclecticism among practitioners. In addition, we have added chapters on the application of theories to special populations.

This is the first edition that does not include major new contributions by Wayne Chess and Julia Norlin, the originators of this text. The original idea of the book was to develop a single volume that offers an ambitious overview of all the theories that undergird social work practice. The use of systems theory as a matrix to bring some order to this endeavor began with Wayne and Judy. This edition is very much a continuation of that conception. The work that these two valued friends and colleagues have done to apply systems concepts to theory development and presentation is part of their lasting professional legacy. In addition, we have missed arguing about whether systems concepts are a theory or a model; whether you can write a book about human behavior without talking about individuals, and whether Talcott Parsons is a stooge for the establishment. Not many people care about such things. We have missed the mud-wrestling about these and other arcane trivia.

We want to congratulate you, the emergent social worker, on your choice of this profession. The environment in which you have chosen to begin your studies is challenging. Times have been difficult, and as always there are those who want to make the first notch in belt tightening in the services to the poor, oppressed, and needy. These are the times when the people we serve need us to be at our best and our most resolute. We welcome you to the ongoing struggle to promote human well-being and dignity.


    Human Behavior and the Social Environment: Social Systems Theory  

1. Introduction
2. The Foundations for Social Systems Theory
3. Social Systems and Social Work
4. Social Systems and Social Roles
5. Psychodynamic Theories
6. Psychosocial Theory: A Social Systems Perspective
7. Behavioral Learning Theories
8. Cognitive and Humanistic Theories
9. Family Theories
10. Group Theories
11. Organizational Theories
12. The Community
13. Theories Applied to Addiction
14. Theories Applied to Violence
15. Theories on Social Systems, Social Capital, and Diversity
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Language: English
Format: PDF
Pages: 456