This classic introductory social work text provides a comprehensive and historical view of social work to help students better understand and appreciate the profession. In its Tenth Edition, this classic text continues to blend historical and contemporary perspectives on social work, offering historical context for the development of social work while utilizing the latest theoretical constructs. Special emphasis is placed on the understanding that social work is both a field and a method. The text is appropriate for undergraduate students who want to increase their general understanding of social work, as well as those who have a professional interest in social work.Answers students' questions about social work and their social work education. Presents a historical perspective on the evolution of social work and social welfare, with current generalist practice perspectives. Pays special attention to AIDS, welfare reform, school violence, alcohol and drug dependence, case management, mental illness, suicide prevention and other challenging social problems. Includes updated statistics throughout the text, giving students the most current information. Features an up-to-date bibliography and reference lists.