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Essentials of Human Behavior - Vantage Learning Platform

Essentials of Human Behavior - Vantage Learning Platform
Integrating Person, Environment, and the Life Course

Third Edition

March 2021 | SAGE Publications, Inc
ISBN: 978-1-0718-3461-9

About Essentials of Human Behavior, Third Edition

Essentials of Human Behavior 
combines Elizabeth D. Hutchison’s two best-selling Dimensions of Human Behavior volumes into a single streamlined volume for understanding human behavior. The text presents a multidimensional framework integrating person, environment, and time to show students the dynamic, changing nature of person-in-environment.

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Essentials of Human Behavior by Elizabeth D. Hutchison presents a multidimensional framework integrating person, environment, and time to show students the dynamic, changing nature of person-in-environment. Essentials of Human Behavior – Vantage Digital Option, Third Edition delivers trusted content from Hutchison's text on Sage Vantage, an intuitive digital platform that offers auto-graded assignments and interactive multimedia tools—including assignable video—all carefully designed to ignite student engagement and drive critical thinking. Built with you and your students in mind, it offers easy course set-up and enables students to better prepare for class. For a personalized demo, please contact your Sage representative.

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Chapter 1 Human Behavior: A Multidimensional Approach
Chapter 2 Theoretical Perspectives on Human Behavior
Chapter 3 The Biological Person
Chapter 4 The Psychological Person
Chapter 5 The Spiritual Person
Chapter 6 Cultures and the Physical Environment
Chapter 7 Families
Chapter 8 Small Groups, Formal Organizations, and Communities
Chapter 9 Social Structure, Social Institutions, and Social Movements: Global and National
Chapter 10 The Human Life Journey: A Life Course Perspective
Chapter 11 The Journey Begins: Conception, Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Infancy
Chapter 12 Toddlerhood and Early Childhood
Chapter 13 Middle Childhood
Chapter 14 Adolescence
Chapter 15 Young and Middle Adulthood
Chapter 16 Late Adulthood


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  • 17 new case studies have been added to reflect contemporary issues.
  • Consistency with Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) curriculum guidelines is explained where appropriate.
  • Content on cultures has been completely rewritten, with greater emphasis on how the dynamics of power are embedded in culture.
  • New, expanded, and thorough updates to discussions cover topics such as gender identity and expression; neuroscience; trauma and traumatic stress; the global context of human behavior; and the impact of the new information, communication, and medical technologies on human behavior.
  • New content on environmental and ecological justice has been added to the discussions of the physical environment and social movements and woven into other chapters as well.
  • 2015 Educational Policy and Accreditation Standard (EPAS) competencies are linked to chapter content in a chart at the beginning of the text.
  • Powerful chapter-opening case studies help readers apply theory and concepts to unique practice situations.
  • Implications for social work practice are included throughout chapters to guide the reader’s use of general social work knowledge in assessment and intervention.
  • Active learning exercises suggest classroom activities that encourage critical analysis of theory and research and assist the reader in recognizing and managing personal values and biases.
  • Critical thinking questions assist student comprehension of theory and research to further critical analysis.
  • Chapter-opening outlines and learning objectives help readers anticipate the knowledge, values, and skills they should be able to exhibit following the reading of each chapter.
  • Robust chapter pedagogy includes bolded key terms, photographs, tables and figures, and a list of web resources to drive a deeper understanding of text content.

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