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Human Growth and Development

Fifth Edition
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January 2024 | 368 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Our bestselling social work textbook is back again.

Taking you right back to basics, this book explains and analyses key theories in a really accessible way before going on to discuss, in detail, how theory can be incorporated into every day social work practice. Each chapter contains activities with step-by-step commentaries for discussion, self-analysis and critical reflection. The book very loosely follows the shape of a human life, beginning with a birth and ending with a death, but many of the chapters deal with ideas and topics that are relevant at many different stages of life, such as bereavement, attachment and learning. Its focus throughout is on psychosocial development – so psychological development within a social context – rather than physical development.

This book is by Chris Beckett, a social work academic and novelist who previously worked in child and family social work, and Hilary Taylor, a psychotherapist and former social work academic who used to work in the field of social work with adults. It is the go-to guide for anyone studying for careers in the helping professions, such as nurses, social workers, occupational therapists, teachers and counsellors.

It's also supported by an online case study resource. Follow the lives of people living in the fictional London Borough of Bexford, with 12 extended case studies to help you explore key issues and themes raised in the book as well as develop the skill of linking theory to practice.

 
Chapter 1: The Birth of a Human Being: What makes us who we are?
 
Chapter 2: Below the Surface: Unconscious processes and psychodynamic insights
 
Chapter 3: A Secure Base: The importance of attachment
 
Chapter 4: Learning to think: The developing ability to reason
 
Chapter 5: Learning without Thinking: Ideas from behaviourism
 
Chapter 6: Boy or Girl?: The development of sex and gender
 
Chapter 7: Who Am I Going to Be? Adolescence, identity and change
 
Chapter 8: Acting like a Grown-up: Challenges of adulthood
 
Chapter 9: Access to Adulthood: Growing up with disability
 
Chapter 10 No One is an Island: Family systems and their life cycle
 
Chapter 11 It Takes a Village: The wider context
 
Chapter 12: Coming to a Conclusion: The experience of growing old
 
Chapter 13: That Good Night: Death, dying and bereavement

Chris Beckett

Chris Beckett studied Psychology at Bristol University and qualified as a social worker at Bangor, North Wales, in 1980, going on to work for eighteen years as a social worker and social work manager, and then for fifteen years as a social work lecturer at Anglia Ruskin University and the University of East Anglia. He has had a parallel career for some time as a writer of fiction and is now a full-time writer. His novel, Dark Eden was the winner of the Arthur C. Clarke award for 2012. More About Author

Hilary Taylor

Hilary Taylor trained as a social worker after studying English at Oxford University, qualifying in 1973. At the beginning of her career she worked with all service user groups, and later in adult social care, mental health, group therapy and family mediation. She then moved into social work training and education, teaching at Anglia Ruskin University for nine years and also working as an independent practice teacher. She also trained as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist, and now has a private counselling and psychotherapy practice. More About Author

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