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Dimensions of Human Behavior

Dimensions of Human Behavior
Person and Environment

Seventh Edition
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January 2024 | 896 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Dimensions of Human Behavior: Person and Environment offers a comprehensive examination of human behavior using a multidimensional framework, which breaks down the core content along three primary dimensions: Person, Environment and Time. Authors Elizabeth D. Hutchison and Leanne Wood Charlesworth delve into both the biological dimension and the social factors that influence human development and behavior. They encourage students to relate their personal experiences to societal trends, emphasizing the pivotal interplay between the individual and the environment. Aligned with the 2022 curriculum guidelines set forth by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), the updated Seventh Edition includes a greater emphasis on culture and diversity, immigration, neuroscience, and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. There are also eight new case studies, further illustrating a balanced breadth and depth of coverage to help students apply theory and general social work knowledge to unique practice situations.

Part I: A Multidimensional Approach for Multifaceted Social Work
Elizabeth D. Hutchison
Chapter 1 • Human Behavior: A Multidimensional Approach
Elizabeth D. Hutchison, Leanne Wood Charlesworth, and Cory Cummings
Chapter 2 • Theoretical Perspectives on Human Behavior
Part II: The Multiple Dimensions of Person
Stephen French Gilson and Elizabeth DePoy
Chapter 3 • The Biological Person
Jeanne Koller
Chapter 4 • The Psychological Person: Cognition, Emotion, Personality, and Self
Cory Cummings, Tawanda Hubbard, and Joseph Walsh
Chapter 5 • The Psychosocial Person: Relationships, Stress, and Coping
Michael J. Sheridan
Chapter 6 • The Spiritual Person
Part III: The Multiple Dimensions of Environment
Elizabeth D. Hutchison
Chapter 7 • The Physical Environment
Elizabeth D. Hutchison and Linwood Cousins
Chapter 8 • Cultures
Elizabeth D. Hutchison
Chapter 9 • Social Structure and Social Institutions: Global and National
Elizabeth D. Hutchison and Tawanda Lynette Hubbard
Chapter 10 • Families
Elizabeth P. Cramer
Chapter 11 • Small Groups
Elizabeth D. Hutchison
Chapter 12 • Organizations
Elizabeth D. Hutchison and Soon Min Lee
Chapter 13 • Communities
Elizabeth D. Hutchison
Chapter 14 • Social Movements


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Key features
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  • A more critical conceptual approach is taken throughout the book, with more attention to themes of justice and injustice, racism and other forms of oppression, marginalization, and social exclusion.
  • The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on individuals and social systems receives attention throughout the book.
  • Non-human elements of ecological systems receive greater attention.
  • Figures and tables have been updated with current research and data,
  • Eight new case studies have been added, and four have been updated to reflect contemporary issues.
  • Learning objectives added to each chapter identify for readers what will be learned from chapter content.
  • Alignment of chapters with the nine core social work competencies identified by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) in the 2022 EPAS.
  • Issues of human rights and social, racial, economic, and environmental justice are emphasized throughout the book, as are issues of racism, oppression, diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • 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.
  • Each chapter includes practice principles for applying knowledge about human behavior for engagement, assessment, intervention, and evaluation.
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