Dimensions of Human Behavior: The Changing Life Course / Edition 2

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Dimensions of Human Behavior: The Changing Life Course, Second Edition presents a life course perspective to help students recognize how multiple dimensions of person and environment work together with dimensions of time to produce patterns in unique life course journeys. It examines general patterns of human behavior in age-graded periods, sources of diversity in life course trajectories, and unique life stories. It is multidimensional in scope and current in theory and research. This completely revised second edition maintains the use of case studies to help students appreciate the diversity of life course trajectories, and all chapters have been updated to reflect social trends and new developments in theory and research.

To reflect the trend toward finer gradations in life phases, this edition addresses nine age-graded periods instead of the six presented in the first edition: Conception, Pregnancy, and Birth; Infancy and Toddlerhood; Early Childhood; Middle Childhood; Adolescence; Young Adulthood; Middle Adulthood; Late Adulthood; and Very Late Adulthood.

The Changing Life Course is the companion volume to Person and Environment (ISBN 0-7619-8765-7). The two volumes are also available as a Two-Volume Kit (ISBN 0-7619-8803-3). An Instructor’s Manual containing chapter summaries, suggested classroom activities and discussions, and essay and multiple choice questions is also available (ISBN: 0-7619-8804-1).

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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."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761987642
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 4/4/2003
  • Series: Series in Social Work Series, #1
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 584
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.00 (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

Visual Essay: Tracking Time
Chapter 1: A Life Course Perspective - Elizabeth D. Hutchison
Chapter 2: Conception, Pregnancy, and Childbirth - Marcia P. Harrigan and Suzanne M. Baldwin
Chapter 3: Infancy and Toddlerhood - Debra J. Woody
Chapter 7: Young Adulthood - Holly C. Matto
Chapter 4: Early Childhood - Debra J. Woody
Chapter 5: Middle Childhood - Leanne Wood Charlesworth, Pamela Viggiani, and Jim Wood
Chapter 6: Adolescence - Susan Ainsely McCarter
Chapter 8: Middle Adulthood - Elizabeth D. Hutchison
Chapter 9: Late Adulthood - Peter Maramaldi and Matthias J. Naleppa
Chapter 10: Very Late Adulthood - Pamela J. Kovacs
Knowledge into Practice: Hacer es Poder (Action is Power) - Elizabeth D. Hutchison and Marian A. Aguilar
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