Learning Theory : Classical Conditioning Of Observational Learning Essay

2439 WordsNov 17, 201410 Pages
Abstract Research indicates that development of friendships begins in preschool ages 3 to 5. As communication skills increase, the desire to develop close friendships also increases during preadolescence and adolescence. Ability to develop communication skills that are conducive to forming close friendships determines the kind and an on occasion the number of friendships an individual has. Individual approaches to friendship are linked to attachment style (self esteem and interpersonal trust). Once these friendships are developed, do they influence individual social interactions? Yes, close friendships have influence on social interactions such as social activity level, mood, weight, political views, new friends, health, mortality, etc., which can be explained through the social learning theory; classical conditioning of observational learning. There has also been much empirical investigation examining selection and socialization effects with results indicating influences on a wide variety of attitudes and behaviors. There is also growing evidence of influence on health throughout an individual’s life. Introduction ” Do close friendships influence social interactions?” I will begin by defining the term close friendships to ensure the meaning being used is understood. Close friendships are defined as a relationship in which two people spend a great deal of time together, interact in a variety of situations, and provide mutual emotional support (Text Book); The
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