Provides an understanding of the social ecology of human behaviour and adaptation, examining the role of social networks in building social capital, adaptation in traumatic situations, risk and resilience in the face of adversity, and the influences of gender, culture and social class. Author from University of Melbourne.
Understanding Human Development focuses on the impact that communication has on others. Its overview of wellknown and frequently-utilised skills of interpersonal communication and interviewing draws upon research and practice literature in relation to 'microskills' to understand the critical decisions or choices which are made by using these skills. The book takes a multidimensional approach to understanding the complexities of personal experience, and applies theoretical knowledge of human beings and the social environment, of adversity and oppression, and of coping and adaptation, to practice knowledge and self-awareness. It encourages students to think critically and to reflect on practice. Contributed case scenarios by experienced practitioners ensure that examples are grounded firmly in everyday practice realities, and reinforce the emphasis on working creatively, critically and consciously with other people.
Louise Harms worked as a medical social worker before moving into an academic career. She has authored three books and co-edited one book (with Marie Connolly) for Oxford University Press, focusing on social work developmental theory and practice skills. She is currently Chair of the Editorial Board of Australian Social Work, the national social work journal.
List of FiguresList of TablesContributorsPrefaceAcknowledgmentsPart 1: A Conceptual Overview1. A Multidimensional ApproachPart 2: The Critical Contexts of Human Development2. Relational and Social Dimensions3. Structural and Cultural DimensionsPart 3: Adaptation following Specific Life Events and Experiences4. Coping with Stress5. Coping with Trauma6. Coping with LossPart 4: Development and Adaptation across the Lifespan7. Infancy8. Early Childhood9. Middle Childhood10. Adolescence11. Early Adulthood12. Middle Adulthood13. Late AdulthoodPart 5: Drawing the Themes Together14. Reviewing a Multidimensional ApproachGlossaryBibliographyIndex
Significantly updated and expanded, with five new chapters covering each lifespan stage. Ã¢â‚¬ËœApplying multidimensional understandingÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ boxes throughout the chapters emphasise this important approach and its application to the helping professional. New Ã¢â‚¬ËœIn contextÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ and Ã¢â‚¬ËœPractitioner profileÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ boxes focus on practitioner and student reflections to show how theory helps inform their work.
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