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2nd Edition

Human Behavior in the Social Environment
Perspectives on Development, the Life Course, and Macro Contexts

ISBN 9780367457969
Published March 19, 2020 by Routledge
726 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

In this new aggregated edition of Anissa Taun Roger’s Human Behavior in the Social Environment, readers will find a comprehensive overview of the issues related to human behavior and the social environment. Chapters are organized to first present foundational theoretical perspectives on the human condition, and then provide information on the basic facets of human development, encouraging students to use conceptual lens to inform their practice with individuals at different stages of life. The four final chapters cover theoretical frameworks and approaches to four areas of macro concern: spirituality, families and groups, organizations, and communities. Through this section, students will understand how contemporary theories and approaches build from foundational perspectives, and how they in turn can be used to inform their work with clients.

In this edition and updated companion website, readers will also find:

  • Particular emphasis on the ways in which poverty, diversity, and strengths affect human development and behavior
  • The opportunity to see how the concepts fit into social work practice using chapter opening case examples that are referred to throughout the chapter.
  • Interactive case studies at Six easy-to-access fictional cases with dynamic characters and situations that students can easily reach from any computer and that provide a "learning by doing" format unavailable with any other text. Your students will have an advantage unlike any other they will experience in their social work training.
  • A full library of instructor-only resources at that provide full-text readings that connect to the concepts presented in each of the chapters; a complete bank of objective-based and essay-type test items, all linked to current CSWE EPAS (Council on Social Work Education Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards); PowerPoint presentations to help students master key concepts; annotated links to a treasure trove of social work assets on the Internet; and a forum inviting all instructors using books in the series to communicate with each other and share ideas to improve teaching and learning.

Table of Contents



About the Authors

1. Human Behavior and the Social Work Profession

2. Lenses for Conceptualizing Problems and Interventions: The Person in the Environment

3. Lenses for Conceptualizing Problems and Interventions: Biopsychosocial Dimensions

4. Lenses for Conceptualizing Problems and Interventions: Sociocultural Dimensions

5. Lenses for Conceptualizing Problems and Interventions: Social Change Dimensions

6. Pre-Pregnancy and Prenatal Issues

7. Development in Infancy and Early Childhood

8. Development in Middle Childhood

9. Development in Adolescence

10. Development in Early Adulthood

11. Development in Middle Adulthood

12. Development in Late Adulthood

13. Looking Forward: Challenges and Opportunities for the Social Work Profession

14. Spirituality and Human Behavior

15. Families and Groups    

16. Social Organizations and the Social Environment

17. Communities and the Social Environment



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Anissa Taun Rogers, PhD, LCSW, MA, is Associate Dean of California State University, San Bernardino Pam Desert Campus. She was previously the Director of the Social Work Program at the University of Portland, where she also taught courses across the social work curriculum, as well as courses on the body, gender, and human sexuality. She is registered, with her dog, Sookie, as a pet therapy team, working primarily with older adults and hospice patients.

Before finding her way to social work, Dr. Rogers studied psychology, in which she earned undergraduate and graduate degrees. After receiving her MSW and PhD in social work, Dr. Rogers began her career in undergraduate social work education and clinical practice. In addition to teaching, her main clinical and research interests are gender, sexuality, gerontology, mental health, and end-of-life care.