Lifecourse Perspectives
As a social worker, you need to be aware of the range of social, psychological and physical processes that can affect people's levels of vulnerability and need. The resources in this theme show how knowledge of human growth and development can constructively inform your practice.
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Book chapters
Risk factors in child development Risk factors in child development
This chapter considers the biological, environmental and relational influences which can affect child development adversely, and reviews the evidence for mitigating protective factors.
Ecological theories of human development Ecological theories of human development
This chapter reviews a number of ecological theories of human development, including theories developed by Bronfenbrenner, Elder, and Baltes and also Dynamic Systems Theory.
A theoretical perspective on social work and substance use A theoretical perspective on social work and substance use
This chapter from Davies (ed) Social Work with Adults (2012) discusses theories of substance misuse, and makes the case for why this is an important topic for social work.
Negotiation and resistance Negotiation and resistance
This chapter provides a good example of child-centred practice that involved overcoming resistance from the parents in a case of child protection.