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Dimensions of Human Behavior

Dimensions of Human Behavior
The Changing Life Course

Seventh Edition
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January 2024 | 784 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Dimensions of Human Behavior: The Changing Life Course presents a current and comprehensive examination of human behavior across time using a multidimensional framework. Authors Elizabeth D. Hutchison and Leanne Wood Charlesworth explore both the predictable and unpredictable changes that can affect human behavior through all the major developmental stages of the life course, from conception to very late adulthood. Aligned with the 2022 curriculum guidelines set forth by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), the updated Seventh Edition offers fresh insights into concepts like gender and anti-racism, how intergenerational experiences influence development, and recent research and conceptual frameworks.

Case Studies
About the Editors
About the Contributors
About the Case Study Contributors
Elizabeth D. Hutchison
Chapter 1 • A Life Course Perspective
Marcia Harrigan and Nicole Lynn Lee
Chapter 2 • Conception, Pregnancy, and Childbirth
Mickey Sperlich and Debra J. Woody
Chapter 3 • Infancy and Toddlerhood
Erin Cole, Debra J. Woody, and David Woody
Chapter 4 • Early Childhood
Leanne Wood Charlesworth and Rebecca Ramnath
Chapter 5 • Middle Childhood
Susan McCarter, Vanessa Drew, Abbe McCarter, and Roger Suclupe
Chapter 6 • Adolescence
Eric N. Waithaka and Holly C. Matto
Chapter 7 • Young Adulthood
Elizabeth D. Hutchison
Chapter 8 • Middle Adulthood
Sarah Rakes, Matthias J. Naleppa, and Kristina M. Hash
Chapter 9 • Late Adulthood
Annemarie Conlon and Dorothea Ivey
Chapter 10 • Very Late Adulthood


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  • Updated research and conceptual frameworks are highlighted in all chapters.
  • Each chapter delves into the effects of Covid-19, as well as topics on social, racial, economic, and environmental justice, along with ADEI.
  • Expanded content includes:
    • Broad spectrum of family types and pregnancy experiences
    • Infant and toddler mental health in the context of caregiving relationships
    • Identity development, with attention to the significance of culture and gender
    • Life course trajectories of transgender, non-binary, and gender diverse individuals
    • The diverse, growing population of older adults within the United States and globally
    • The role of technological innovation and social media across the life span
  • Updated case studies reflect contemporary issues in rich detail and help readers connect theoretical and empirical content to real-life situations social workers face.
  • Critical thinking questions and active learning exercises encourage 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.
  • Key terms appear in bold type within chapters and are defined in the Glossary for easy reference.
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