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In this text, you will meet social workers and clients from a variety of work settings and situations who bring the passion and power of social work to life through engaging case studies found throughout the text. These case studies help apply the latest theory and research to real life practice situations. The Third Edition offers new case studies and is thoroughly updated and revised to reflect recent census data, developing trends, and cutting-edge research on human behavior.
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Elizabeth D. Hutchison, M.S.W., Ph.D., received her M.S.W. from the George Warren Brown School of Social Work and her Ph.D. from the University at Albany. Lib 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.Review:
"This is the most thorough and comprehensive text on human behavior that I have see. It brings together the preeminent sociological, physical, and anthological theories on human behavior and the social environment. It covers every possible scenario related to the practice of social work one could imagine. Nothing is sacrificed. The case studies reflected the diversity of the range of consumers of social work services and were utilized well as instruments for understanding and applying concepts." (Gretchen Heidemann)
"I like these books a great deal. I will continue to use the texts in my course. I like the way in which it exposes students to various theories. The dimensions for assessing human development and behavior are clear. Because I use both texts together, I feel that students gained an understanding on human development that is grounded in an environmental context." (Glenda Dewberry)
"Overall, I think the volume-set is excellent. I love the 'big idea' focus, and the attention to environmental context." (Jim Vanderwoerd)
"The three greatest strengths of the book are the inclusion of item/topics of spirituality, case studies, and active learning tasks. The chapters dealing with the lifespan (mainly young adult and beyond) and the opening chapters of both books (are also great strengths)." (Annalisa Enrile)
"I am greatly pleased with the text. It emphasized diversity. There are good illustrations that bring the concepts to life throughout. It is well organized. I teach in an urban context where students tend to practice with the poor. I like the questions that encourage critical thinking." (Kimberly Mann)
"Our faculty is quite satisfied with the textbooks, Dimensions of Human Behavior. The strengths of both volumes include the use of case studies, vignettes and side-bars to help students understand material contained in the chapter; the use of tables, figures and illustration; and the horizontal and vertical integration of materials connecting themes and models used in textbooks." (Parris Baker)
"The content of the two books is solid, strong, and comprehensive. It is also presented in a way that our students could make good use of it." (Elisabeth Reichert)
"I really liked this book. It is well written, informative, comprehensive, and interesting. The greatest strengths are the uniformity in writing style, cohesion among chapters, strong case examples, integration of learning within chapters, and an amazing ability to be comprehensive without the reader getting lost in the details."
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