Dimensions of Human Behavior: Person and Environment / Edition 3

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Dimensions of Human Behavior: Person and Environment, Second Edition presents the time-honored person-in-environment approach to understanding human behavior. It provides a multi-theoretical analysis to help students recognize the dimensions of person and environment involved in behavior. Like the First Edition, the general approach of weaving powerful case studies with theory and research has been maintained, but all chapters have been updated to reflect recent census data, emerging social trends, and new developments in theory and research. This edition also pays greater attention to human diversity.

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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, Ph D, received her MSW from the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis and her Ph D 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

Part I: A Multidemensional Approach for Multi-Faceted Social Work
Visual Essay: Looking at a Complex World
Chapter 1: Aspects of Human Behavior: Person, Environment, Time - Elizabeth D. Hutchison
Chapter 2: Theoretical Perspectives on Human Behavior - Elizabeth D. Hutchison and Leanne Wood Charlesworth
Knowledge into Practice: A Day in the Life of a Social Worker - Elizabeth D. Hutchison
Part II: The Multiple Dimensions of Person
Visual Essay: Understanding the Whole Person
Chapter 3: The Biologial Person - Stephen French Gilson
Chapter 4: The Psychological Person: Cognition, Emotion, and Self - Joseph Walsh
Chapter 5: The Psycholgoical Person: Relationships, Stress, and Coping - Joseph Walsh
Chapter 6: The Spiritual Person - Michael J. Sheridan
Knowledge into Practice: An Interview with John - Martin Schwartz
Part III: The Multiple Dimensions of Environment
Chapter 7: The Physical Environment - Elizabeth D. Hutchison
Chapter 8: Culture - Linwood Cousins
Chapter 9: Social Institutions and Social Structure - Elizabeth D. Hutchison and Amy Waldbillig
Chapter 10: Families - Nancy R. Vosler
Chapter 11: Small Groups - Elizabeth P. Cramer
Chapter 12: Formal Organizations - Elizabeth D. Hutchison
Chapter 13: Communities - Elizabeth D. Hutchison
Chapter 14: Social Movements - Elizabeth D. Hutchison
Knowledge into Practice: Margaret Ryan at Sacred Heart Center - Elizabeth D. Hutchison
Works Cited

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