Bandura 's Stage Of Development Essay

863 Words Nov 26th, 2015 4 Pages
As discussed in Erikson’s stage of development, a stage is complete once the individual has achieved their crisis or in this case once the adolescent has achieved a healthy identity. As it relates to adolescents in foster care, youth have impaired self-identity due to outside forces, thus allowing the youth to have no control over their own environment. Such forces like social media make it hard for others to view these particular individuals in a positive light. Previous stigmas created by biases and assumptions do not allow the adolescents in foster care to have their own identity therefore, making it difficult to adapt in their social environment. An inability to form a healthy identity or sense of self-worth can lead to the maladaptation of their environment. Adolescents are bullied by their peers and looked down upon due to their circumstances, often being labeled as someone who is crazy or on drugs. In Bandura’s social learning theory it states that an individual learns through observation.
Albert Bandura’s social learning theory focuses on individuals having the influence of their own environment. Bandura believed that individuals learn through observation also known as observational learning. “Observational learning occurs when people observe the models and learn new behavior as a result of those observations. In essence observational learning is an indirect kind of learning (Ashford and LeCroy, 2010 p.101)”. In support of the social learning theory, Bandura and his…

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