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    The Meaning Behind This Book

    I began my career in Social Work working in the mental health field with a focus in Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health. I realized during this time just how much a person’s experiences and their environments impacted all aspects of their lives, including why they made the choices or responded the way they did. After a little over a decade of mental health work, I had an opportunity to make a change in my career and joined the world of academia. During my first semester teaching, I became aware of the Open Educational Resources at our university and immediately thought of the benefits of transitioning this course with providing a free, online accessible textbook that would support both students and instructors alike in exploring human behavior, social environment, and life stage development. I began working with the University library system to compile different chapters from different open and free textbooks from other disciplines and then added original content to support connection to Social Work foundations and practice in the first four sections, as well as creating vignettes to use throughout each section. This text will support the reader with a deeper understanding of Social Work theories, perspectives, and approaches, life stage development, and connection of how they are utilized in organizing, assessing, and planning for client support. It is my hope you will come away from this course seeing others through a lens of empathy, compassion, and curiosity, stopping to ask yourself, “what must they have experienced in their life?” to gain a better understanding before jumping to conclusions or assumptions of others.

    “We are all unique. Don’t judge, understand instead.” ~ Roy T. Bennett

    Human Behavior and the Social Environment I is adapted from various work produced and distributed under the Creative Commons License. Below, is the list of all adapted chapters used in the making of this book.

    Cover Image: Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay.

    Chapter 1: Adapted from Chapter 2.2 from Principles of Social Psychology by the University of Minnesota under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.

    Chapter 2: Adapted from Chapter 9.2: Lifespan Theories in OpenStax, Psychology. OpenStax CNX. Oct 2, 2019 cnx.org/contents/4abf04bf-93a0-45c3-...fd46e68cc@12.2. Download for free at cnx.org/contents/4abf04bf-93a0-45c3-...fd46e68cc@12.2.

    Chapter 3: Adapted from Theoretical Perspectives by Rice University under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 license.

    Chapter 4: Adapted from Chapter 3.2 from Sociology by the University of Minnesota under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.

    Chapter 5: Adapted from Chapter 12.1 from Principles of Social Psychology by the University of Minnesota under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.

    Chapter 6: Adapted from Chapter 12.2 from Principles of Social Psychology by the University of Minnesota under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.

    Chapter 7: Adapted from Chapter 12.3 from Principles of Social Psychology by the University of Minnesota under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.

    Chapter 8: Adapted from Chapter 3.1, 3.2, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, and 3.8 from Social Problems by the University of Minnesota under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.

    Chapter 9: Adapted from Chapter 2 from Lifespan Development: A Psychological Perspective Second Edition by Martha Lally and Suzanne Valentine-French under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 unported license.

    Chapter 10 – 12: Adapted from Chapter 3 from Lifespan Development: A Psychological Perspective Second Edition by Martha Lally and Suzanne Valentine-French under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 unported license.

    Chapter 13 – 15: Adapted from Chapter 4 from Lifespan Development: A Psychological Perspective Second Edition by Martha Lally and Suzanne Valentine-French under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 unported license.

    Chapter 16 – 18: Adapted from Chapter 5 from Lifespan Development: A Psychological Perspective Second Edition by Martha Lally and Suzanne Valentine-French under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 unported license.

    Chapter 19 – 21: Adapted from Chapter 6 from Lifespan Development: A Psychological Perspective Second Edition by Martha Lally and Suzanne Valentine-French under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 unported license.

    Chapter 22 – 24: Adapted from Chapter 7 from Lifespan Development: A Psychological Perspective Second Edition by Martha Lally and Suzanne Valentine-French under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 unported license.

    Chapter 25 – 27: Adapted from Chapter 8 from Lifespan Development: A Psychological Perspective Second Edition by Martha Lally and Suzanne Valentine-French under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 unported license.

    Chapter 28 – 30: Adapted from Chapter 9 from Lifespan Development: A Psychological Perspective Second Edition by Martha Lally and Suzanne Valentine-French under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 unported license.

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