This timely text draws on interdisciplinary theory and research to examine the multidimensional risk and protective factors for eight challenges of living frequently encountered by social workers. The authors provide a working model for social workers to integrate the most up-to-date evidence about challenges of living they face in their daily practice. Using a multidimensional biopsychosocial-spiritual perspective, the book examines etiology, course, and intervention strategies related to these eight challenges of living.


Marcia P.Harrigan, Virginia Commonwealth University

In the case of Elias and Claudia Salvatierra, you may recall that over time Claudia became obese, gaining over 60 pounds since her arrival in the United States. However, to our knowledge, obesity was never presented as a concern of Claudia's, even though Elias made derogatory comments about her weight. Nevertheless, Claudia may be beginning to live with some consequences of her obesity, perhaps both biological and psychosocial consequences. In this chapter, we continue to examine risk and protection, with the focus on obesity.

Within the last 10 years, obesity has become the number one newly recognized public health concern. Today one out of three people in the United States is overweight or obese, a rising trend that extends well beyond ...

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