The second edition of this how-to-guide has been updated to reflect the field's growing understanding of resiliency and protective factors and their importance in forming balanced assessments and interventions. Individual chapters explore methods of coping with such problems as physical illness, homelessness, divorce and abuse. This edition also includes new chapters on crime victims, the death of a parent, gays and lesbians, single parenthood, and women of color.
New edition of a handbook that focuses on the debilitating circumstances and suffering faced by large sectors of the social work client population. It provides specialized knowledge, methods, and skills for dealing with the complex relations between people and their environment. Expanded material includes discussion of such topics as why some people collapse under certain life conditions and circumstances while others remain relatively unscathed; what accounts for the marked individual variations in people's responses to stress and adversity; how do people adapt, cope, overcome, and meet the challenges of physical and mental conditions, severe losses and traumas, and chronic discrimination and oppression; and why do some people thrive in the face of life's inhumanities and tragedies. Edited by Alex Gitterman, U. of Connecticut School of Social Work. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)