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Dimensions of Human Behavior

Dimensions of Human Behavior
The Changing Life Course

Sixth Edition
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September 2018 | 520 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

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Dimensions of Human Behavior: The Changing Life Course presents a current and comprehensive examination of human behavior across time using a multidimensional framework. Author Elizabeth D. Hutchison explores both the predictable and unpredictable changes that can affect human behavior through all the major developmental stages of the life course, from conception to very late adulthood. Aligned with the 2015 curriculum guidelines set forth by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), the Sixth Edition has been substantially updated with contemporary issues related to gender and sexuality, race and ethnicity, and social class and disability across the lifespan.

The companion volume, Dimensions of Human Behavior: Person and Environment, Sixth Edition, examines the dimensions of person and environment and their impact on individual and collective behavior. Save 20% when you bundle the two texts (ISBN 978-1-5443-5612-9) for the most comprehensive coverage available for Human Behavior courses.

1. A Life Course Perspective
The Life Course Perspective and Social Work Practice  
Theoretical Roots of the Life Course Perspective  
Basic Concepts of the Life Course Perspective  
Major Themes of the Life Course Perspective  
Strengths and Limitations of the Life Course Perspective  
Integration With a Multidimensional, Multitheoretical Approach  
Implications for Social Work Practice  
2. Conception, Pregnancy, and Childbirth
Sociocultural Organization of Childbearing  
Reproductive Genetics  
Control Over Conception and Pregnancy  
Fetal Development  
Pregnancy and the Life Course  
At-Risk Newborns  
Conception, Pregnancy, and Childbirth Under Different Circumstances  
Risk and Protective Factors in Conception, Pregnancy, and Childbirth  
Implications for Social Work Practice  
3. Infancy and Toddlerhood
Developmental Niche and Typical Infant and Toddler Development  
Physical Development  
Cognitive Development  
Socioemotional Development  
The Role of Play  
Developmental Disruptions  
Child Care Arrangements in Infancy and Toddlerhood  
Infants and Toddlers in the Multigenerational Family  
Risks to Healthy Infant and Toddler Development  
Protective Factors in Infancy and Toddlerhood  
Implications for Social Work Practice  
4. Early Childhood
Typical Development in Early Childhood  
Early Childhood Education  
Early Childhood in the Multigenerational Family  
Risks to Healthy Development in Early Childhood  
Protective Factors in Early Childhood  
Implications for Social Work Practice  
5. Middle Childhood
Historical Perspective on Middle Childhood  
Middle Childhood in the Multigenerational Family  
Development in Middle Childhood  
Middle Childhood and Formal Schooling  
Special Challenges in Middle Childhood  
Risk Factors and Protective Factors in Middle Childhood  
Implications for Social Work Practice  
6. Adolescence
The Social Construction of Adolescence Across Time and Space  
The Transition From Childhood to Adulthood  
Biological Aspects of Adolescence  
Psychological Aspects of Adolescence  
Social Aspects of Adolescence  
Adolescent Spirituality/Religiosity  
Adolescent Sexuality  
Potential Challenges to Adolescent Development  
Social Work Grand Challenge: Ensure Healthy Development For All Youth  
Risk Factors and Protective Factors in Adolescence  
Implications for Social Work Practice  
7. Young Adulthood
A Definition of Young Adulthood  
Theoretical Approaches to Young Adulthood  
Physical Functioning in Young Adulthood  
The Psychological Self  
Social Development and Social Functioning  
Risk Factors and Protective Factors in Young Adulthood  
Implications for Social Work Practice  
8. Middle Adulthood
The Changing Social Construction of Middle Adulthood  
Theories of Middle Adulthood  
Biological Changes and Physical and Mental Health in Middle Adulthood  
Intellectual Changes in Middle Adulthood  
Personality Changes in Middle Adulthood  
Spiritual Development in Middle Adulthood  
Relationships in Middle Adulthood  
Work in Middle Adulthood  
Risk Factors and Protective Factors in Middle Adulthood  
Implications for Social Work Practice  
9. Late Adulthood
Demographics of the Older Population  
Diversity of the Late Adult Population  
Cultural Construction of Late Adulthood  
Psychosocial Theoretical Perspectives on Social Gerontology  
Biological Changes in Late Adulthood  
Psychological Changes in Late Adulthood  
Social Role Transitions and Life Events of Late Adulthood  
The Search for Personal Meaning  
Resources for Meeting the Needs of Elderly Persons  
Risk Factors and Protective Factors in Late Adulthood  
Implications for Social Work Practice  
10. Very Late Adulthood
Very Late Adulthood: Charting New Territory  
Very Late Adulthood in Historical and Cultural Perspective  
What We Can Learn From Centenarians  
Functional Capacity in Very Late Adulthood  
Relationships in Very Late Adulthood  
The Housing Continuum  
Spirituality in Very Late Adulthood  
The Dying Process  
Loss, Grief, and Bereavement  
The Life Course Completed  
Implications for Social Work Practice  
Marcia Harrigan, Suzanne Baldwin
2. Conception, Pregnancy, and Childbirth
Debra Woody, Elizabeth Hutchison
3. Infancy and Toddlerhood
Debra Woody, David Woody
4. Early Childhood
Leanne Charlesworth
5. Middle Childhood
Holly Matto
7. Young Adulthood
Matthias Naleppa, Kristina Hash
9. Late Adulthood
Pamela Kovacs, Annemarie Conlon
10. Very Late Adulthood
Susan McCarter
6. Adolescence


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  • Test banks provide a diverse range of pre-written options as well as the opportunity to edit any question and/or insert your own personalized questions to effectively assess students’ progress and understanding.
  • Editable chapter-specific PowerPoint® slides offer complete flexibility for creating a multimedia presentation for one’s course.
  • Exclusive access to full-text SAGE journal articles that have been carefully selected support and expand on the concepts presented in each chapter.
  • Multimedia content including audio and video resources are available for use in independent or classroom-based explorations of key topics.
  • Class activities for individual or group projects reinforce active learning.
  • Discussion questions help launch classroom interaction by prompting students to engage with the material and by reinforcing important content. 
  • Course cartridges allow for easy LMS integration.
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SAGE edge for students provides a personalized approach to help students accomplish their coursework goals in an easy-to-use learning environment.

  • Mobile-friendly eFlashcards strengthen understanding of key terms and concepts.
  • Mobile-friendly practice quizzes allow for independent assessment by students of their mastery of course material.
  • Learning objectives reinforce the most important material.
  • Exclusive access to full-text SAGE journal articles that have been carefully selected support and expand on the concepts presented in each chapter.

“This is the most comprehensive and succinct reference to human development across the life span. It is an excellent reference for human behavior specialists and provides timeless information that can be accessed for a more comprehensive assessment of children/family.”

Rosalind Corbett
San Diego State University

“This book is very well written, superbly informative, user-friendly, and replete with invaluable student and instructor resources. I would recommend it, unconditionally, to anyone teaching undergraduate HBSE.”

Roger Delgado
California State University, Los Angeles

“This is a well-written book about all of the facets of human behavior—something everyone is advised to know about. With each edition, I find that the content is thoroughly updated and its multiculturalism is increasingly expanded, making this an exceptional text.” 

Rose M. Perez
Fordham University

“The perfect textbook—it covers everything in a simple and straightforward way and gives social work students the introduction to understanding theory that they can then learn in depth in advanced courses.”

Ilze Earner
Hunter College, The City University of New York

“I just love this book! It is meticulously put together in a way that helps the reader understand every dimensional aspect of a person based on time. This book is very in-depth with explaining the basic concepts and reiterates them through the use of cases. I appreciate the implications for social work being implemented in each chapter.”

Annalease M. M. Gibson
Albany State University
Key features
  • Revised case studies reflect contemporary issues in rich detail and help readers connect theoretical and empirical content to real-life situations social workers face.
  • Expanded content includes:

o    the impact of information, communication, and medical technologies on human behavior in every phase of life

    • traumatic stress and childhood trauma
    • new developments in neuroscience, including the neuroscience of emotions
    • gender identity and gender expression
  • Learning objectives added to each chapter identify for readers what will be learned from chapter content.
  • New exhibits help visual learners better understand complex content with succinct summaries.
  • Key terms appear in bold type within chapters and are defined in the Glossary for easy reference.
  • Critical thinking questions and active learning exercises stimulate students to reflect on and engage with the material.

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