Human Behavior and the Social Environment

Myths and Realities
Human Behavior and the Social Environment (HBSE) content views human development and behavior

Administration for
Children and Families

from a person in environment perspective and includes theories and knowledge focusing on the interactions Myth: People with
between and among individuals, groups, societies, and economic sustems. Biological, sociological, cultrual, disabilities are sick or have
psychological, and spiritual concpets are applies thorugh the life span, and social systems are examined in different from those of
terms of how they promote or deter people in maintaining or achieving health and well-being. most people
(CSWE, 2003)
Reality: People with
Content related to developmental disability is easily integrated into this curriculum area. Definitions of disabilities attend school
disability can be explored from a person-in-environment/social construct perspective, relying upon strengths and work, develop
and the context of social systems. The definitions of disability and models of disabilities included in the personal relationships
introductory section of this manual can be used as introduction to disability relative to HBSE. raise families. shop, pay
taxes, vote, and dream
This section provides a values clarification exercise targeted toward HBSE, building upon the general values just like everyone else.
clarification activities found in the previous section. A sample case stude is then provided as a framework just like everyone else.
that can be used to explain the HBSE paradigm related to disabilities. This is followed by handouts
explaining the developmental milestones and disabilitiy, and in turn, brief descriptions of the most common
developmental disabilities seen in practice. This section concludes with interdisciplinary tools and content
used by professionals such as the multidisciplinary team approach to abuse and neglect, transition planning,
Individual Education Plans, and meeting the needs of mothers with disabilities.
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