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Dimensions of Human Behavior
Person and Environment

Sixth Edition
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August 2018 | 584 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

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Dimensions of Human Behavior: Person and Environment presents a current and comprehensive examination of human behavior using a multidimensional framework. Author Elizabeth D. Hutchison explores the biological dimension and the social factors that affect human development and behavior, encouraging readers to connect their own personal experiences with social trends in order to recognize the unity of person and environment. Aligned with the 2015 curriculum guidelines set forth by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), the substantially updated Sixth Edition includes a greater emphasis on culture and diversity, immigration, neuroscience, and the impact of technology. Twelve new case studies illustrate a balanced breadth and depth of coverage to help readers apply theory and general social work knowledge to unique practice situations.

The companion volume, Dimensions of Human Behavior: The Changing Life Course, Sixth Edition, builds on the dimensions of person and environment with the dimension of time and demonstrates how they work together to produce patterns in life course journeys. Save 20% when you bundle the two texts (ISBN 978-1-5443-5612-9) for the most comprehensive coverage available for Human Behavior courses.


 
Case Studies
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
PART I A MULTIDIMENSIONAL APPROACH FOR MULTIFACETED SOCIAL WORK
 
Chapter 1. Human Behavior: A Multidimensional Approach
Chapter Outline  
Learning Objectives  
Human Behavior: Individual and Collective  
A Multidimensional Approach  
Diversity, Inequality, and the Pursuit of Social Justice: A Global Perspective Elizabeth Hutchison, Cory Cummings, Leanne Charlesworth
Knowing and Doing  
Scientific Knowledge: Theory and Research  
Organization of the Book  
Implications for Social Work Practice  
Key Terms  
Active Learning  
Web Resources  
 
Chapter 2. Theoretical Perspectives on Human Behavior
Chapter Outline  
Learning Objectives  
Multiple Perspectives for a Multidimensional Approach  
Systems Perspective  
Conflict Perspective Stephen Gilson
Exchange and Choice Perspective  
Social Constructionist Perspective  
Psychodynamic Perspective  
Developmental Perspective  
Behavioral Perspective Joseph Walsh
Humanistic Perspective  
The Merits of Multiple Perspectives  
Implications for Social Work Practice  
Key Terms  
Active Learning  
Web Resources  
Joseph Walsh
PART II THE MULTIPLE DIMENSIONS OF PERSON
 
Chapter 3. The Biological Person
Chapter Outline  
Learning Objectives  
An Integrative Approach for Understanding the Intersection of Interior Biological Health and Illness and Exterior Environmental Factors  
Systems Taxonomy: Six Interior Environment Systems  
Ecobiodevelopmental Framework to Understand the Relationship Between Interior Health and Exterior Environments Michael Sheridan
Implications for Social Work Practice  
Key Terms  
Active Learning  
Web Resources  
 
Chapter 4. The Psychological Person: Cognition, Emotion, and Self
Chapter Outline  
Learning Objectives  
Cognition and Emotion  
Theories of Cognition  
Theories of Emotion  
Cognitive/Emotional “Disorders”  
The Self  
Implications for Social Work Practice  
Key Terms Elizabeth Hutchison, Linwood Cousins
Active Learning  
Web Resources  
 
Chapter 5. The Psychosocial Person: Relationships, Stress, and Coping
Chapter Outline  
Learning Objectives  
The Self in Relationships  
The Concept of Stress  
Coping and Adaptation  
Normal and Abnormal Coping  
Implications for Social Work Practice  
Key Terms  
Active Learning  
Web Resources  
 
Chapter 6. The Spiritual Person
Chapter Outline  
Learning Objectives  
The Spiritual Dimension  
Theories of Spiritual Development  
The Role of Spirituality in Social Work  
Implications for Social Work Practice  
Key Terms  
Active Learning Elizabeth Cramer
Web Resources  
 
PART III THE MULTIPLE DIMENSIONS OF ENVIRONMENT
 
Chapter 7. The Physical Environment
Chapter Outline  
Learning Objectives  
Theories of Human Behavior and the Physical Environment  
The Natural Environment  
The Built Environment  
Place Attachment  
Homelessness  
Accessible Environments for Persons With Disabilities  
Implications for Social Work Practice  
Key Terms  
Active Learning  
Web Resources  
 
Chapter 8. Cultures
Chapter Outline  
Learning Objectives  
What Is Culture?  
Theories of Culture  
Major Concepts in the Study of Culture  
Ethnocentrism and Cultural Relativism  
Culture and Power  
Genes and Culture  
Digital Culture  
How Culture Changes  
Implications for Social Work Practice  
Key Terms  
Active Learning  
Web Resources  
 
Chapter 9. Social Structure and Social Institutions: Global and National
Chapter Outline  
Learning Objectives  
Patterns of Social Life  
Contemporary Trends in Global and U.S. Social Institutions  
Theories of Social Inequality  
Implications for Social Work Practice  
Key Terms  
Active Learning  
Web Resources  
 
Chapter 10. Families
Chapter Outline  
Learning Objectives  
Family Defined  
The Family in Historical Perspective  
Theoretical Perspectives for Understanding Families  
Diversity in Family Life  
Challenges to Family Life  
Implications for Social Work Practice  
Key Terms  
Active Learning  
Web Resources  
 
Chapter 11. Small Groups
Chapter Outline  
Learning Objectives  
Small Groups in Social Work  
Dimensions of Group Structure  
Group Composition  
Basic Group Processes  
Interdisciplinary Teams and Leadership  
Implications for Social Work Practice  
Key Terms  
Active Learning  
Web Resources  
 
Chapter 12. Formal Organizations
Chapter Outline  
Learning Objectives  
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  
Implications for Social Work Practice  
Key Terms  
Active Learning  
Web Resources  
 
Chapter 13. Communities
Chapter Outline  
Learning Objectives  
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  
Implications for Social Work Practice  
Key Terms  
Active Learning  
Web Resources  
 
Chapter 14. Social Movements
Chapter Outline  
Learning Objectives  
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  
Implications for Social Work Practice  
Key Terms  
Active Learning  
Web Resources  
 
Glossary
 
References
 
Index
 
About the Author
 
About the Contributors

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“This book is a comprehensive collection of theories and perspectives regarding human behavior and the social environment. It is well written, easily accessible, organized, and timely.”

Johanna Slivinske
Youngstown State University

“A thorough and well-synthesized overview of the central concepts necessary to understanding human behavior in the social environment. The text contains an excellent introduction to key issues and controversies and is presented very logically and intuitively.”

Karl E. Johnson
Northern Michigan University

“I think the greatest strength of this text is its readability. Sometimes students take courses that are interesting but the text is too academic, too researchy, and too archaic. This text is not only readable but also understandable.”

Debra Mowery
University of South Florida

“This is a book that truly considers the professional development of the students. The author makes a clear effort to show the applications of concepts and theories. The case studies are creative and relevant.”

Alicia Borre
Hampton University

“A book that encourages critical thinking about theories and their relevance to practice, is critical for practice in today’s diverse and changing society, and is rooted within social work values and ethics.”

Nicole Lee
Virginia Commonwealth University
Key features

NEW AND KEY FEATURES:  

  • Twelve new case studies reflect contemporary issues in rich detail and help readers connect theoretical and empirical content to real life situations social workers face.
  • Expanded discussions include:
  • Learning objectives added to each chapter identify for readers what will be learned from chapter content.
  • A new exhibit in Chapter 2 on Theoretical Perspectives on Human Behavior replaces margin notes in earlier editions to help readers connect theoretical perspectives to theories discussed in subsequent chapters.
  • New visual metaphors in Chapter 2 that represent major theoretical perspectives aid visual learners in grasping concepts of human behavior theories.
  • A rewritten Chapter 8 on Cultures reflects changing ideas about such issues as race, gender and gender expression, and sexual orientation.
  • Updated SAGE edge online resources provide instructor and students with easy-to-use teaching and learning tools.
  • 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 reflection on and engage with the material.


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