Human Growth, Behaviour and Development
Essential Theory and Application in Social Work
Understanding the way in which individuals develop before birth, as babies, children and adolescents through to young and older adulthood towards death is an important part of any social work role. Being able to skilfully apply this understanding in real life practice situations is even more important, as purposeful translations of human development are at the heart of effective professional practice.
Introducing students to emotional, psychological and social developmental theories of human growth before exploring in detail how these theories can be incorporated into practice, this book will ensure students have all the tools they need to not only understand but critically appraise and apply psychosocial theories early on in training and whilst on placement. With the help of real world case studies, summaries and tips for further study, it will show students how life course theories inter-relate and how they can make appropriate, purposeful translations of theory into skilled, professional practice.
Gibson and Gibson have created an important student-friendly resource in this well-written and informative book. If you struggling to make sense of life course theory, particularly key psychodynamic theory’s and concepts, and their impact across the life course this highly readable book will help! Primarily aimed at social work students, the coverage of key theories is comprehensive. Learning is supported through links to case studies, and providing opportunities for critical thinking and reflection to support their application to practice. This book provides a welcome extension to the important discussions in life course theory practice.
This was a brilliant book that I drew on substantially in developing my sessions for social work apprentices (L5) on their theoretical perspectives in social work module. It was easy to understand with some great exercises in to help relate the ideas to practice. This book was used by our students within their assignments to a significant extent.
Useful book and helps to explain theory links for human growth and development. Lots of key theorists including Bowlby, Erikson, Freud are discussed with good links to social work practice.
This is an accessible read and very useful for student social workers. If you need to better understand life course theory, particularly key psychodynamic theory’s and concepts, and their impact across the life course this book covers key theories where case studies are used to support learning and Help in application to practice.
A very helpful addition to the subject, with the life-span approach logical and helpful to students.
Well written, this covers a good range of developmental theories, explaining them in a clear manner, which will help students to develop their knowledge of human growth and development. It is very helpful to have critical thinking boxes, which prompt students to engage further. Links to social work practice are also helpful.
This is an excellent text which comprehensively covers this subject area. Highly recommended.
This is one of several texts for Social Work students which explains key lifespan theories, and applies them to assessment and intervention. The use of case examples, and critical thinking tasks is excellent, as is the 'how does this help social work' sections.
As a tutor who teaches Human Growth & Development this book will be very useful addition to our learning resources.
The links from theory to practice are particularly good and will offer a good insight for my students
An excellent book and useful for all health and social care students. Development across the lifespan is clearly discussed in a student-friendly way that really brings ideas to life. Theories are presented in a very accessible way and linked throughout to the real person - very important in ensuring students connect theory to practice. I will be recommending this book to my students.