Designed to help students build a theoretical foundation for their professional practice, this book highlights human and environmental diversity, and discusses the relationships among biological, psychological, social, and cultural systems that shape human behavior. This new edition provides the latest theoretical developments and research findings in the social, behavioral, and biological sciences and includes new chapters on the significant forces affecting significant social behavior in specific organizational and educational settings.
New edition of a text that enables the social worker, whether student or professional, to build a theoretical foundation for work in the field. Germain (deceased) and Bloom (social work, U. of Connecticut) observe that human beings and their social environments always form a unified, though not necessarily harmonious, configuration that is the basic unit of analysis for understanding the factual material encountered in social work. They discuss the biological, psychological, social, and cultural influences that shape individuals and groups over the course of a lifetime, taking into account unexpected life stresses and challenges. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)