Annotated Bibliography on the concept of human behavior and the social practices

Annotated Bibliography


Coch, D. (2010). Human behavior, learning, and the developing brain: Atypical development. New York: Guilford.

The author, Coch takes a typical model to navigate through the basic concepts of human development starting from how the human brain develops all through to why certain activities are more common among a particular group of individuals and not from others, This book takes a theoretical approach to human behavior in the social environment and covers all the major theories–from cognitive behavioral to family systems to psychosocial. Aligned with social work accreditation standards (EPAS), this book provides social work students with thorough coverage of human behavior at every level of interaction. The authors uses a wide range of concepts to analyze the how human beings development is undertaken.

Ramachandran, V. S. (2012). Encyclopedia of Human Behavior. Burlington: Elsevier Science. Burlington: Elsevier Science.

We are facing huge psychological and cultural shift in human behavior and raising of new social practices. We are in need of using new approaches and models in order to provoke human behavior change which is more than ever depending on content and context users can reach in interactive environments they are approaching through their devices or in a physical space. The encyclopedia of human behavior does a dig into how individuals behave in a particular way and why their characters are varied from one individual to the other.

Greene, R. R. (2008). Human behavior theory & social work practice. New Brunswick, N.J: Aldine Transaction.

According to Greener, the concept of human behavior and the social practices that are common with individuals in the society are developed as theories of human relations. Due to their repetitive nature the theory developed by great socialists is easy to conceptualize. A foundation work for those interested in the practice and teaching of social work. It covers theoretical areas and individual theorists including classical psychoanalytic thought, Eriksonian theory, Carl Rogers, cognitive theory, systems theory, ecological perspectives, social construction, feminism, and genetics. Greene uses the concepts of the various sociology concepts regarding human behavior and social practices

Murad, O. S. (2011). Understanding human. Milton Keynes: AuthorHouse.

Ecological exploitation appears to stem from the same root socioeconomic processes as social injustice-the hierarchical arrangement of power which places some groups and the environment in a position devoid of power or rights. Accordingly, endorsement of social and environmental injustice is exacerbated by tendencies toward domination and hierarchy, such as social dominance orientation and right-wing authoritarianism. This book answers the contemporary calls for development of a systematic model in social work education by presenting developmental systems approach as an organizing framework.

Thyer, B. A., Dulmus, C. N., & Sowers, K. M. (2012). Human behavior in the social environment: Theories for social work practice. Hoboken, New Jersey: Wiley.

“Human Behavior in the Social Environment (HBSE) is a critical course for social work students because it introduces them to the very specific person-in-environment, biopsychosocial perspective that sets social work apart from other helping professions with thorough coverage of human behavior at every level of interaction. The authors describe an approach to teaching and incorporating practical mechanisms that can be used by tutors in the social field by adapting a  modified version of the initial theories devised to aid in teaching master level social work students  enabling them to evaluate and apply practical models.

Carter, I. E. (2011). Human behavior in the social environment: A social systems approach. New Brunswick: Aldine Transaction.

Considering the shared psychological and ideological underpinnings of social and environmental injustice point to important interventions, such as cultivating interdependence through contact, fostering inclusive representations, and harnessing ideological motives toward overcoming resistance to change, and carry implications for expanding the scope of justice theory, research, and practice. Carter takes a systematic approach in providing evidence of how certain human characters and environments are developed in certain ways. He further navigates through the social environment explaining the activities that takes place and their effects on individuals.


Greenfield, E. A. (2011). Developmental Systems Theory as a Conceptual Anchor for Generalist Curriculum on Human Behavior and the Social Environment. Social Work Education, 30(5), 529-540.

Human Behavior and the Social Environment (HBSE) is a formal curricular area within social work education that broadly addresses human behavior across the life course, the range of social systems in which people live, and the ways in which social systems promote or deter people in maintaining or achieving health and well-being. This paper responds to contemporary calls for systematically developing this area of social work education by presenting developmental systems theory (DST) as an organizing framework for generalist HBSE content.

Tsagaris, G. S., & Welch-Brewer, C. L. (2016). Teaching and incorporating practice models in a human behavior in the social environment (HBSE) course. Journal of Human Behavior in The Social Environment, 26(5), 470-487. doi:10.1080/10911359.2015.1087923

The authors use the Balanced and Restorative Justice (BARJ) model as an illustration to help social work students develop critically reflective approaches to evaluating and applying practice models. In this article, social work educators describe an approach to teaching and incorporating practice models in a HBSE course using a five-step adapted, modified version of Mosey’s extrapolation method for teaching master level social work students to evaluate and apply practice models.

Feygina, I. (2013). Social Justice and the Human-Environment Relationship: Common Systemic, Ideological, and Psychological Roots and Processes. Social Justice Research, 26(3), 363-381. doi:10.1007/s11211-013-0189-8

The behavioral differences between extinct and extant species are used as specimens that  contribute to a better understanding of the taphonomical evidence obtained from Eurasian Pleistocene sites in relation to the ecological role played by humans and hyenas in the taphocenosis. The authors thus provide exemplary ideological processes that exist in the human environment providing the relationship between the environment within which humans operate and the social justices that are present.

Bethel, J. C., & Girvin, H. (2016). Bringing Macro Human Behavior Theory to Life: Quakers’ Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP) as Lived-Experience in the Classroom. Social Work & Christianity, 43(2), 233-247.

While theory and theory development are essential to ground and inform social work practice, theory can also remain abstract for social work students. Students at one university identified the difficulties they had in seeing how shifting to a focus offered by alternative paradigms would bring about real change. They had trouble envisioning how only using a different paradigm would make any difference at all. These experiential sessions created a platform for introspection and self-evaluation. Students reported a better understanding of how an intentional shift in paradigm facilitates a change in perspective which, in turn, fosters change in behavior.

Vinuesa, V., Iurino, D. A., Madurell-Malapeira, J., Liu, J., Fortuny, J., Sardella, R., & Alba, D. M. (2016). Inferences of social behavior in bone-cracking hyaenids (Carnivora, Hyaenidae) based on digital paleoneurological techniques: Implications for human–carnivoran interactions in the Pleistocene. Quaternary International, 4137-14. doi:10.1016/j.quaint.2015.10.037

The article, with the aid of digital paleoneurological techniques, discusses brain morphology and proportions of two fossil hyenas from the Eurasian Pleistocene, Our analysis of brain proportions, however, shows a lesser development of the anterior brain in the extinct taxa compared with C . croute, thus more closely resembling the condition of both Hyena and Narayana. These behavioral differences between extinct and extant spotted hyenas might contribute to a better understanding of the toponymical evidence obtained from Eurasian Pleistocene sites in relation to the ecological role played by humans and hyenas in the pathogenesis.

Azzanni, L., Cristian, M., Tomato, D., Firenze, M., Padgett, G., Venegas, G., &Murano, V. (2013). Social interactions by visual focus of attention in a three-dimensional environment. Expert Systems, 30(2), 115-127. doi:10.1111/j.1468-0394.2012. 00622.x

In human behavior analysis the theoretical rationalization and experimental results corroborate the strength and the affability of the analysis performed. The techniques and guidelines outlined in this article could be applied to other practice models and used by social work educators and students interested in other fields of practice. Azanni, Christian, tomato, Firenze, Padgett, Venegas and Murano team up to provide a visualized focus of the environment from three different angles.

Nikolic, P. K. (2016). Interactive Environments: Opportunities for Social Innovation and Public Health Initiatives. EIRP Proceedings, 11289-299.

In the article, Nikolic takes us through the various forms of interactive environments highlighting the opportunities and public health official should hold steadfast in their undertakings. He further does an analysis on the social and available opportunities relating to the environment from which individuals exist. How to keep people in a “good health”, longer and healthier life is more than just a phrase listed in a sustainable strategy it became crucial issue for any future social innovation initiative and community needs. New technologies and its application in everyday living surrounding are affecting a way we are interacting between each other and with services around us.

Bowles, S. (2009). Did Warfare Among Ancestral Hunter-Gatherers Affect the Evolution of Human Social Behaviors? Science 324(5932), 1293-1298.

Using archeological evidence, historical information and evolutionary models from Late Pleistocene and early Holocene, Samuel Bowles, a university lecturer, holds that intergroup conflicts among hunter-gatherer ancestors played a key role in shaping the social behaviors of humans. He does an analysis of the evident human social behavior science’s comparing how warfare progressed in relation to the evident social behaviors. He does a further dig into the evolution process and how it has impacted humans.

Kosinskia, M.,  Stillwella, D. & Graepel, T.  Private traits and attributes are predictable from digital records of human behavior. nATIONAL Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 110(15),  5802–5805.

The groups of scientists hold that using digital records including those gathered from social media platforms including Facebook likes; it is possible to predict private human behaviors and traits including level of intelligence and sexual orientation and techniques and guidelines outlined in this article could be applied to other practice models and used by social work educators and students interested in other fields of practice. According to the national academy of sciences in the United States, the private traits and attributes that are presented in these article enable individuals to distinguish between various human behaviors and the reason why they exist in that manner. They navigate through the available digital records to provide practical proof on why and how these attributes and related.