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 companion volume that addresses children and young people, this is an essential tool for students and a valuable refresher resource for experienced practitioners.
“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
"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
“Insightful and fully accessible, it adopts an interdisciplinary approach and focuses on the development of critical thinking and reflective practice. Invaluable for students and practitioners.” Barbara Fawcett, University of Strathclyde
"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
“Critical and holistic, it integrates theory and practice with rich case study-based reflection tasks and supports students and practitioners in developing an opening and questioning professional stance.” Magnus Frampton, University of Vechta
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 Crabtree
Part I: Theories and models of human growth and development in adults
Introduction and history: approaches to human growth and development in 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 - Fabio Folgheraiter, Valentina Calcaterra and Elena Cabiati
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