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Dimensions of Human Behavior

Dimensions of Human Behavior
The Changing Life Course

Sixth Edition

September 2018 | 480 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Elizabeth Hutchison's Dimensions of Human Behavior: The Changing Life Course, Sixth Edition, and its companion, cover the content for the social work theories course, titled Human Behavior in the Social Environment. Our books are unique in that they present a unique organizing framework that helps faculty teach the course. It divides the course content into three primary dimensions: Person, Environment, and Time. This book represents the time component.

The Changing Life Course looks at both predictable and unpredictable changes that can impact human behavior across time (the life course). It looks at all the major developmental stages ranging from conception through very late adulthood, and covers life stages that are often overlooked in other texts (such as very late adulthood).

Changes to this edition include the following:
1) New and updated case material.
2) New topical coverage such as greater emphasis on neuroscience, the impact of technology where applicable, EBP, and non traditional families/parenting.
3) Updated photos that complement key ideas in the text.
4) Updated content on
• Individuals with special needs, autism in particular
• Victims of child abuse
• Veterans
• Older adults and aging
5) Revised and enhanced student and instructor ancillary materials.

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
Key features



  • Greatly expanded coverage of the benefits and challenges of new information and communication technologies (ICTs) for each stage of the life course includes such topics as ICT use in childbirth education, the controversies surrounding toddler use of ICTs in play, the widespread use of ICTs by adolescents, and the use of helper robots to enhance physical functioning in very late adulthood.
  • New and updated case studies, photos, and exhibits bring concepts to life.
  • Extensively updated chapters reflect the rapid developments in theory and research in the field, including new research on genetics, new neuroscience research on the adolescent brain, new research on the school-to-prison pipeline, new content on gender identity in middle childhood and adolescence, and new theories of psychological development in middle adulthood.
  • Expanded coverage of the impact of social policies on stages of the life course includes the impact of the Affordable Care Act for conception, pregnancy, delivery, and late adulthood; impact of family leave and early childhood education policies; impact of ongoing changes in education policies; and the impact of changing policy regarding sexual minorities, particularly during young adulthood.
  • Up-to-date coverage of controversies about parenting infants and toddlers, medical technologies, spirituality, gender and sexual orientation, evidence-based practice, societal change, and ethical dilemmas helps readers develop an understanding of key concepts.
  • Expanded discussion of diversity and inequality, impacts of the 2008 recession, the global context of human behavior, and risk and protection covers key issues.
  • Empowering learning tools in every chapter—including  chapter-opening orienting questions and case studies, key ideas, exhibits and photos, margin notes, increased use of critical thinking questions, and chapter-ending practice principles, exercises, and web resources—help students master course material.

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ISBN: 9781544339344