Dimensions of Human Behavior: Person and Environment 6th Edition

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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.


“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

“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

“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

“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

“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

About 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 lives in Reno, Nevada, where she is a hands-on grandmother and an activist on local justice issues.


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