Dimensions of Human Behavior: Person and Environment / Edition 3

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In the Fifth Edition of her acclaimed text, Elizabeth D. Hutchison explores the multiple dimensions of both person and environment and their dynamic interaction in the production of human behavior. Thoroughly updated, the text weaves its hallmark case studies with the latest innovations in theory and research for a comprehensive and global perspective on human behavior. The companion volume, Dimensions of Human Behavior: The Changing Life Course, Fifth Edition, is a comprehensive examination of human behavior across all major developmental stages. Containing powerful case studies and the most current theory and research, the book includes greater emphasis on more stages than any other text. Together, these two texts provide the most comprehensive coverage available for Human Behavior courses.

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Editorial Reviews

Susan Tebb

"Elizabeth Hutchison's latest edition of Dimensions of Human Behavior is a powerful text that captures our changing and developing lives as we each journey through our own distinct life course. The books call our attention to the importance of the interactions of time, people, and environment as our ongoing life story is played out. As social workers, this text draws our attention to the need to better understand development as a cyclical process, unique for each person. Timely client system examples, diverse family development, and good social work implications and interventions are a few of the many strengths in this edition."

Billy P. Blodgett

“Of all HBSE texts that have saturated the market, Person and Environment continues to lead the way in thoroughness, structure of content, and relevance for student learning.”

Diane Calloway-Graham

“The Hutchison book does an outstanding job of conceptualizing multidimensional understanding, breadth versus depth, and general knowledge and unique situations.”

Karla T. Washington

“The realistic case studies drive home the point that students are preparing to work with real people confronting serious issues—it adds to the professional development we’re trying to do in our program.”

Donna Taylor
“This text is well written, using fantastic case examples that enhance understanding of the material.”
Carla Mueller

“Hutchinson offers a unique text by presenting a melding of theory with practice. Utilizing case examples to highlight this intersection of theory, research, and life experiences, this book truly addresses human behavior in the social environment.”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412941259
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 9/4/2007
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 656
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Elizabeth D. Hutchison, MSW, PhD, received her MSW from the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis and her PhD from the University at Albany, State University of New York. She was on the faculty in the Social Work Department at Elms College from 1980 to 1987, and served as chair of the department from 1982 to 1987. She was on the faculty in the School of Social Work at Virginia Commonwealth University from 1987 to 2009, where she taught courses in human behavior and the social environment, social work and social justice, and child and family policy; she also served as field practicum liaison. She has been a social worker in health, mental health, aging, and child and family welfare settings. She is committed to providing social workers with comprehensive, current, and useful frameworks for thinking about human behavior. Her other research interests focus on child and family welfare. She currently lives in Rancho Mirage, California where she is active in environmental justice issues facing farm workers in East Coachella Valley.

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Table of Contents

Case Studies
Part I: A Multidimensional Approach for Multifaceted Social Work
Chapter 1. Human Behavior: A Multidimensional Approach
Human Behavior: Individual and Collective
A Multidimensional Approach
Diversity, Inequality, and the Pursuit of Social Justice: A Global Perspective
Knowing and Doing
Scientific Knowledge: Theory and Research
A Word of Caution
Chapter 2. Theoretical Perspectives on Human Behavior
Multiple Perspectives for a Multidimensional Approach
Systems Perspective
Conflict Perspective
Exchange and Choice Perspective
Social Constructionist Perspective
Psychodynamic Perspective
Developmental Perspective
Social Behavioral Perspective
Humanistic Perspective
The Merits of Multiple Perspectives
Part II: The Multiple Dimensions of Person
Chapter 3: The Biological Person
An Integrative Approach for Understanding the Intersection of Interior (Proximal) Biological Health and Illness and Exterior (Distal) Environmental Factors
A Look at Six Interior (Proximal) Environment Systems
Exterior (Distal) Socioeconomic Environment and Interior (Proximal) Health Environment
Chapter 4: The Psychological Person: Cognition, Emotion, and Self
Cognition and Emotion
Theories of Cognition
Theories of Emotion
Cognitive/Emotional “Disorders”
The Self
Chapter 5: The Psychosocial Person: Relationships, Stress, and Coping
The Self in Relationships
The Concept of Stress
Coping and Adaptation
Normal and Abnormal Coping
Chapter 6: The Spiritual Person
The Spiritual Dimension
Transpersonal Theories of Human Development
The Role of Spirituality in Social Work
Part III. The Multiple Dimensions of Environment
Chapter 7: The Physical Environment
Human Behavior and the Physical Environment
The Natural Environment
The Built Environment
Place Attachment
Accessible Environments for Persons With Disabilities
Chapter 8: Culture
The Challenge of Defining Culture
Traditional Understandings of Culture and Variation in Human Behavior
Contemporary/Postmodern Understandings of Culture and Variation in Human Behavior
A Postmodern, Holistic Application of Culture
The Meaning of Culture
Chapter 9: Social Structure and Social Institutions: Global and National
Patterns of Social Life
Contemporary Trends in Global and U.S. Social Institutions
Theories of Social Inequality
Chapter 10: Families
Family Defined
The Family in Historical Perspective
Theoretical Perspectives for Understanding Families
Diversity in Family Life
Challenges to Family Life
Chapter 11: Small Groups
Small Groups in Social Work
Dimensions of Group Structure
Group Composition
Basic Group Processes
Interdisciplinary Teams and Leadership
Chapter 12: Formal Organizations
A Definition of Formal Organizations
Perspectives on Formal Organizations
Burnout: A Negative Organizational Outcome
Social Work and Formal Organizations
Social Work Leadership in Formal Organizations
Culturally Sensitive Care Systems
Chapter 13: Communities
A Definition of Community
Territorial Community and Relational Community
Social Workers and Communities: Our History
Theoretical Approaches to Community
Social Workers and Communities: Contemporary Issues
Chapter 14: Social Movements
A Definition of Social Movements
Social Movements and the History of Social Work
Perspectives on Social Movements
Social Movement Outcomes
Social Movement Trends
Social Movements and Contemporary Social Work
About the Author
About the Contributors
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