Sunday, December 14, 2008

Introduction to Social Work and Social Welfare or Statistical Thinking for Managers

Introduction to Social Work and Social Welfare

Author: Charles Zastrow

Comprehensive and modern, this new edition of Charles Zastrow's Introduction to Social Work and Social Welfare, Seventh Edition is in step with the current state of social work in contemporary society. The issues that affect people in need are presented in the context of the values, ethics, and knowledge base of today's professional social worker. The book's up-to-date coverage and its social problems approach, along with Zastrow's easy-reading style, make it an enduring favorite in preparing students for the rewards and the challenges of the real world of social work.
The Seventh Edition has been completely updated, and now features international perspectives as well as many new discussions of key trends in the field. Just some of the topics Zastrow covers include: Generalist Practice, Spirituality, The strengths perspective, Managed care, Child molestation, rape, and incest, Diversity, The criminal justice system, populations at risk, Ethnic-sensitive social work practice, Proposed welfare alternatives, Institutional racism, Depression in the Elderly, and The population crisis and the future.
Using a social problems approach, the book presents useful tools for social work intervention that readers can use in helping to facilitate positive changes. As students come face to face with the harsh realities of today's social problems, they become familiar with the social services and programs they'll encounter in helping people overcome their troubles. As they learn more about the shortcomings and benefits of the social services, they begin to think critically about new ways to solve problems.


A textbook designed to stimulate undergraduate students' interest in social work and provide an idea of what working in the field is like. After a historical overview of the field's development, chapters on problems addressed by social services show how people are affected by poverty, drug abuse, physical and mental disabilities, racism, and sexism. Contains chapter summaries, b&w photos, and case examples. Topics new to the latest edition include health care and welfare reform, codependency, and illegal-immigrant issues. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Table of Contents:
Pt. IIntroduction: Social Welfare and Social Work1
Ch. 1Social Welfare: Its Business, History, and Future3
Ch. 2Social Work as a Profession and a Career44
Pt. IISocial Problems and Social Services67
Ch. 3Poverty and Public Welfare69
Ch. 4Emotional Problems and Counseling103
Ch. 5Family Problems and Services to Families140
Ch. 6Sexual Orientation, Sex Variances, and Sex Therapy178
Ch. 7Drug Abuse and Drug Treatment Programs229
Ch. 8Crime, Juvenile Delinquency, and Correctional Services269
Ch. 9Problems in Education and School Social Work316
Ch. 10Work-Related Problems and Social Work in the Workplace344
Ch. 11Racism, Ethnocentrism, and Strategies for Advancing Social and Economic Justice374
Ch. 12Sexism and Efforts for Achieving Equality410
Ch. 13Aging and Gerontological Services442
Ch. 14Medical Problems and Medical Social Services476
Ch. 15Physical and Mental Disabilities and Rehabilitation511
Ch. 16Overpopulation, Misuse of the Environment, and Family Planning538
Pt. IIISocial Work Practice577
Ch. 17Generalist Social Work Practice579
Appendix A The NASW Code of Ethics632
Appendix B Canadian Association of Social Workers' Code of Ethics638
Photo Credits648

Book review: Successful Restaurant Design or Principles of Finance

Statistical Thinking for Managers

Author: David K Hildebrand

Focusing on the analysis of data using modern statistical and spreadsheet software, Hildebrand and Ott emphasize making sense of data and discuss not only how a statistical method is applied, but why and why not. Throughout the book, the authors integrate computer use into the development of statistical concepts, emphasizing the value of looking at data to make sure the right questions are being asked. The real-life applications and examples throughout challenge students to think like managers. The case that concludes every chapter asks students to deal with a relatively unstructured situation and to explain the statistical reasoning in nontechnical language. Modern statistical methods, including resampling and bootstrapping are included. In addition, the authors emphasize quality control and improvement throughout the book and include three full chapters on regression and correlation methods.

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