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Essentials of Human Behavior

Essentials of Human Behavior
Integrating Person, Environment, and the Life Course

Third Edition

January 2021 | 768 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

The Third Edition of Essentials of Human Behavior integrates the key framework (dimensions of time, person and environment) into a single volume text for use in single or double semester courses. The content from the best-selling Hutchison, Dimensions of Human Behavior texts has been streamlined to ensure conceptual clarity, parsimony, and integrity.

In this edition, renowned author and editor Elizabeth D. Hutchison continues to work with accomplished contributing authors in order to provide a careful and thorough overview of multi-disciplinary theory and research related to human behavior. Returning contributor and now co-editor in this edition, Leanne Wood Charlesworth, uses her practice and teaching experiences to help organize and deliver the cutting-edge research in this book to the classroom.  

Updated to examine issues such as equity and inclusion, trauma and resilience environmental justice, gender identity and expression, all through the multi-dimensional lens of human behavior, Essentials of Human Behavior will thoroughly support students' understanding of human behavior theories and research and their applications to social work engagement, assessment, intervention, and evaluation across all levels of practice. 




Part I. A Multidimensional, Multi-theoretical Approach for Multifaceted Social Work
Chapter 1 Human Behavior: A Multidimensional Approach
Chapter 2 Theoretical Perspectives on Human Behavior
Part II. The Multiple Dimensions of the Person
Chapter 3 The Biological Person
Chapter 4 The Psychological Person
Chapter 5 The Spiritual Person
Part III. The Multiple Dimensions of the Environment
Chapter 6 Cultures and the Physical Environment
Chapter 7 Families
Chapter 8 Small Groups, Formal Organizations, and Communities
Chapter 9 Social Structure, Social Institutions, and Social Movements: Global and National
Part IV. The Changing Life Course
Chapter 10 The Human Life Journey: A Life Course Perspective
Chapter 11 The Journey Begins: Conception, Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Infancy
Chapter 12 Toddlerhood and Early Childhood
Chapter 13 Middle Childhood
Chapter 14 Adolescence
Chapter 15 Young and Middle Adulthood
Chapter 16 Late Adulthood
Key features

  • Seventeen new case studies have been added to reflect contemporary issues.
  • Discussion of equity and inclusion has been added to Chapter 1.
  • New visual metaphors are used in Chapter 2 to represent the major theoretical perspectives used in this book.
  • Integrative approach to understanding the role of biology in human behavior
  • Research and discussion of neuroscience has been to be expanded and updated
  • Trauma and traumatic stress are expanded in Chapters ###
  • Communication and medical technologies on human behavior has been thoroughly updated and expanded. 
  • New content on gender identity and expression was added to Chapters ###
  • Environmental and ecological justice has been added to the discussions of the physical environment and social movements
  • The dynamics of power are embedded into discussions of culture
  • The Life Course Perspective and Social Work Practice is added to Chapter ### on the life course perspective.
  • More content on information processing theory and theory of mind are added to Chapters ##
  • Chapter # on adolescence takes a much more integrative approach to reflect contemporary research on puberty

  • 2015 EPAS competencies are linked to chapter content in a chart at the beginning of the text.
  • An increased number of critical thinking questions throughout every chapter provide students even more opportunities to engage in the material and improve comprehension.
  • Chapter-opening outlines and learning objectives help readers anticipate the knowledge, values, and skills they should be able to exhibit following the reading of each chapter.
  • Powerful chapter-opening case studies help readers apply theory and text concepts to unique practice situations.
  • Implications for social work practice are included throughout the chapters to guide the reader’s use of general social work knowledge in assessment and intervention.
  • Active learning exercises suggest classroom activities that encourage critical analysis of theory and research and assist the reader in recognizing and managing personal values and biases.
  • Robust chapter pedagogy includes bolded key terms, photographs, tables and figures, and a list of web resources to drive a deeper understanding of text content.

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