This timely text draws on interdisciplinary theory and research to examine the multidimensional risk and protective factors for eight challenges of living frequently encountered by social workers. The authors provide a working model for social workers to integrate the most up-to-date evidence about challenges of living they face in their daily practice. Using a multidimensional biopsychosocial-spiritual perspective, the book examines etiology, course, and intervention strategies related to these eight challenges of living.
- Examines exemplar challenges of living: The working model is applied to eight major problems commonly encountered by social workers—financial impoverishment; community violence; child maltreatment; traumatic stress disorders; substance abuse; obesity; HIV/AIDS; and major depression.
- Presents a range of theories of causation: The book provides up-to-date and accessible coverage of biological risk and protective factors and emphasizes how each challenge of living is experienced across diverse identity groups.
- Makes the material come alive: Four life studies are woven throughout chapters to illustrate theory and research.
- Promotes critical thinking: Active Learning Exercises help students integrate knowledge about the case, knowledge about the self, and values and ethics with general knowledge from the behavioral sciences.
This is an excellent supplemental text for advanced undergraduate and graduate courses in social work and counseling such as Human Behavior in the Social Environment and Social Work Prevention. Since the book offers an interdisciplinary perspective, it may also be of interest to those in the psychology, public health, and allied health disciplines.