Social Learning Theory And The Containment Theory

1461 WordsMay 8, 20176 Pages
Two concepts from “The Intro to Criminology” are The Social Learning Theory and The Containment Theory. These two concepts can be compared and contrasted in many ways. Though they are very different, their similarities are significant being that the two can be linked together and one can lead to another. The Social Learning Theory is a theory that states that people learn from one another by observation, imitation, and modeling. The theory has often been called a bridge between behaviorist and cognitive learning theories because it encompasses attention, memory, and motivation. The Containment Theory is a theory that states that a person is either pushed or pulled into a crime. The Social Learning Theory was developed by Albert Bandura…show more content…
Mocking is one of the easiest forms of learning whether it is forced or unplanned. Social learning was broken down and developed with plenty of in depth key concepts, which was extremely necessary in order for it to be accepted by other social control theorists. As stated earlier, Bandura proved that people learn easiest through observing the attitudes and behaviors of others and the outcomes of those behaviors. “Most human behavior is learned observationally through modeling: from observing others, one forms an idea of how new behaviors are performed, and on later occasions this coded information serves as a guide for action.” (Bandura). This theory is an explanation of human behavior in three forms: behavioral, cognitive, and environmental influences. These three forms are outcomes of reciprocal interaction between them. With this concept, there are necessary conditions that need to be made possible in order for social learning to be effective. One of them is attention. There are many factors involved in the experiment that would either increase the subject’s attention or decrease the subjects attention. These factors most importantly consist of distinctiveness, affective valence, prevalence, complexity, functional value. The subject’s characteristics play a major role as well. If the subject is feeling furious or terrified, it would boost certain senses and affect their
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