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Human Growth and Development in Adults

Theoretical and Practice Perspectives

Edited by Jonathan Parker and Sara Ashencaen Crabtree


20 May 2020

Page count

352 pages




240 x 172 mm


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20 May 2020

Page count

352 pages





Policy Press
£24.99 £19.99You save £5.00 (20%)
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    Uniquely wide-ranging in its coverage of key concepts, themes and issues relating to human growth and development in adults, this textbook explores the crucial challenges and transitions that adults negotiate in their lives. It examines key topics and issues within professional practice with adults and their families, covering a wide range of practice areas and fusing essential theory and research with practical application.

    Drawing on insights and debates from across sociology, psychology, criminology and aligned disciplines, this textbook is thoughtfully structured to provide an accessible and supportive resource. Key features include:

    • Chapter-by-chapter summaries, case studies and practice examples

    • Active learning activities to consolidate knowledge

    • A broad range of tools to develop critical thinking and reflective practice.

    With a partner volume that addresses children and young people, this is an essential tool for students and a valuable refresher resource for experienced practitioners.

    "This is a great book for those looking for more than simply an introduction to social work theory. It is in depth and comprehensive. A companion for the critical social work student." Michael McGrath-Brookes, Brunel University

    "This book provides an in-depth understanding of human life, exploring the wide and competing discourse in relation to growth and development, of particular value to students in exploring critical discourses." Janet Walker; University of Lincoln

    “Tailor-made for student needs and rich with theoretical and practical knowledge that gives a well-rounded, interdisciplinary and critical foundation in social work studies.” Rana Jawad, University of Bath

    Jonathan Parker is Professor of Society and Social Welfare at Bournemouth University.

    Sara Ashencaen Crabtree is Professor of Social and Cultural Diversity at Bournemouth University.

    Introduction - Jonathan Parker and Sara Ashencaen

    Part I: Theories and models of human growth and development in adults

    Introduction and history: approaches to human growth and development with adults - Jonathan Parker and Sara Ashencaen Crabtree

    Cognitive theories and cognitive development relevant to adults - Margarete Parrish

    Moral, spiritual and existential development - Peter Szto

    Adults, families and social networks in the Relational Social World method

    Critical perspectives on human growth and development in adults - Jonathan Parker and Sara Ashencaen Crabtree

    Part II: Specific developmental issues

    Critical aspects of attachment theory: empirical research findings and current applications - Gabriele Schäfer

    Families and friends: relationship development in Muslim cultures - Sara Ashencaen Crabtree

    Education and learning in adults: implications for social work - Maggie Hutchings

    Life course criminology and adults - Richard Heslop and Jonathan Parker

    Health and disability in adults: definitions and models - Vanessa Heaslip

    Death: a brief social and cultural history - Sam Porter

    Working with adults with disabilities - Rachel Fyson

    Part III: Professional practice

    Mental Health and ill-health in adults - Steve Tee

    Adults at risk of abuse - Bridget Penhale and Jonathan Parker

    Parenting and care in adulthood: an intersectional framework for support - Hyun-Joo Lim and Mastoureh Fathi

    Dementia care practices, complexities and mythologies - Julie Christie