This timely text draws on interdisciplinary theory and research to examine the multidimensional risk and protective factors for eight challenges of living frequently encountered by social workers. The authors provide a working model for social workers to integrate the most up-to-date evidence about challenges of living they face in their daily practice. Using a multidimensional biopsychosocial-spiritual perspective, the book examines etiology, course, and intervention strategies related to these eight challenges of living.

A Working Model

A working model
Elizabeth D.Hutchison, Virginia Commonwealth University

Every day, social workers meet up with complex challenges faced by individuals, families, communities, and organizations. In this book, we are presenting and demonstrating a working model to help social workers understand the many and varied challenges they will encounter in their work.

Why a Challenges of Living Approach?

Social work scholars have long attempted to find frameworks for organizing social and behavioral science knowledge about human behavior in a way that is useful for the varied roles that social workers play. Two popular approaches are a social systems approach and a life course approach. Each of those approaches makes important contributions to the understanding of the complexities of human behavior encountered by social workers (see Hutchison, 2003a, ...

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