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“Of all HBSE texts that have saturated the market, Person and Environment continues to lead the way in thoroughness, structure of content, and relevance for student learning.”
“The Hutchison book does an outstanding job of conceptualizing multidimensional understanding, breadth versus depth, and general knowledge and unique situations.”
“The realistic case studies drive home the point that students are preparing to work with real people confronting serious issues—it adds to the professional development we’re trying to do in our program.”
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“Hutchinson offers a unique text by presenting a melding of theory with practice. Utilizing case examples to highlight this intersection of theory, research, and life experiences, this book truly addresses human behavior in the social environment.”
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 currently lives in Rancho Mirage, California where she is active in environmental justice issues facing farm workers in East Coachella Valley.
Part I: A Multidimensional Approach for Multifaceted Social Work Chapter 1. Human Behavior: A Multidimensional Approach Social Work's Purpose and Approach: Human and Community Well-Being A Multidimensional Approach Diversity, Inequality, and the Pursuit of Social Justice: A Global Perspective Knowing and Doing Scientific Knowledge: Theory and Research A Word of Caution Chapter 2. Theoretical Perspectives on Human Behavior Multiple Perspectives for a Multidimensional Approach Systems Perspective Conflict Perspective Rational Choice Perspective Social Constructionist Perspective Psychodynamic Perspective Developmental Perspective Social Behavioral Perspective Humanistic Perspective The Merits of Multiple Perspectives Part II: The Multiple Dimensions of Person Chapter 3: The Biological Person An Integrative Approach for Understanding the Intersection of Interior Biological Health and Illness and Exterior Environmental Factors A Look at Six Interior (Proximal) Environment Systems Exterior (Distal) Socioeconomic Environment/Interior Health Environment Chapter 4: The Psychological Person: Cognition, Emotion, and Self Cognition and Emotion Theories of Cognition Theories of Emotion Cognitive/Emotional "Disorders" The Self Chapter 5: The Psychosocial Person: Relationships, Stress, and Coping The Self in Relationships The Concept of Stress Coping and Adaptation Normal and Abnormal Coping Chapter 6: The Spiritual Person The Spiritual Dimension Transpersonal Theories of Human Development The Role of Spirituality in Social Work Part III. The Multiple Dimensions of Environment Chapter 7: The Physical Environment Human Behavior and the Physical Environment The Natural Environment The Built Environment Place Attachment Homelessness Accessible Environments for Persons With Disabilities Chapter 8: Culture The Challenge of Defining Culture Traditional Understandings of Culture and Variation in Human Behavior Contemporary/Postmodern Understandings of Culture and Variation in Human Behavior A Postmodern, Holistic Application of Culture The Meaning of Culture Chapter 9: Social Structure and Social Institutions: Global and National Patterns of Social Life Contemporary Trends in Global and U.S. Social Institutions Theories of Social Inequality Chapter 10: Families Family Defined The Family in Historical Perspective Theoretical Perspectives for Understanding Families Diversity in Family Life Challenges to Family Life Chapter 11: Small Groups Treatment Facility Small Groups in Social Work Dimensions of Group Structure Group Composition Basic Group Processes Interdisciplinary Teams and Leadership Chapter 12: Formal Organizations 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 Chapter 13: Communities 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 Chapter 14: Social Movements 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