scroll to top
Stuck on your essay?
Get ideas from this essay and see how your work stacks up
Word Count: 1,579
The Social Learning Theory of Bandura emphasises the importance of observing and modelling the behaviours attitudes and emotional reactions of others The Social Learning Theory explains human behaviour in terms of continuous reciprocal interaction between cognitive behavioural an environmental influences suggesting that behaviour can be learned at the cognitive level through observing other peoples actions Blackburn 1993 This suggests that people are capable of imagining themselves in similar situations and of incurring similar outcomes Once the behaviour is learned it may be reinforced or punished by the consequences it generates Bandura subscribed to several of the essential concepts of the Operant Conditioning Theory reinforcement punishment and motivation Ewen 1980 Each of these concepts can be used to explain Pauls initial and prolonged criminal activities Based on Social Learning Theory criminal behaviour is maintained through a complex schedule of reinforcement and punishment throughout the life of the individual The reinforcement for criminal behaviour comes from both internal and external sources Reinforcement can be in the form of tangible rewards stemming from the criminal activity itself such as an outlay of money or from a social perspective like an increase in peer status Blackburn 1993 Hollin 1989 Due to Pauls dysfunctional childhood and strong negative influences in his life he found himself tempted by criminal activities in his early teens He was sent to a boys home when he was fourteen for stealing and has been in and out of juvenile and adult institutions ever since In relation to the Social Learning Theory Paul was motivated by direct external reinforcement by the tangible and social status rewards Due to his upbringing and lack of parental discipline these Paul thought these rewards easily outweighed the consequences of this criminal actions The time Paul served in juvenile institutions did not discourage him from criminal activities instead it had the opposite effect Contact with other people who have favourable criminal antics and perceptions leads to an individual
@Kibin is a lifesaver for my essay right now!!
- Sandra Slivka, student @ UC Berkeley
Wow, this is the best essay help I've ever received!
- Camvu Pham, student @ U of M
If I'd known about @Kibin in college, I would have gotten much more sleep
- Jen Soust, alumni @ UCLA