Essay on The Theory Of Social Cognitive Theory

740 Words Nov 8th, 2016 3 Pages
Numerous theories have been propounded to analyze developmental changes through stages in life from birth to old age. These theories vary in assumptions in each theoretical perspective. In analyzing Jessica’s case it has become clear that she is having low self-esteem because of negative thoughts and feelings about herself. In addition to that, she is struggling with eating disorder and going through emotion stress because of pressure at home. As a social worker, it is my conviction that this case is best understood using the Social Cognitive theoretical perspective.
Bandura’s social cognitive theory also known as cognitive behavioral theory expounds “that behavior is also learned by imitation, observation, beliefs, and expectations” (E. D. Hutchison, 2012, p.63). This theory further explains how people are motivated, earns capabilities, behavior style and how people regulates their behavior. This theory focal point is on the relationship between the environment, personality and behavior. The assumption of Bandura’s Social cognitive theory is that “people can learn by observation”. People learn behavior from one another by observing and imitation. People are easily influenced by what they see from other people and mimic the same behavior.
Identity formation begins when a person reaches adolescent. Teenagers are self-conscious of life and turn to think about themselves in relation to others and processes how others see them or their physical appearance. People learn…

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