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Social learning theory, an empirically-based approach to understanding human behavior in the social environment

Author: Thyer, B. A. et al.
Author Background:
Date 1998
Type Journal
Journal Title: Journal-of-Human-Behavior-in-the-Social-Environment
Volume/Pages 1(1) 33-52
Subject Matter Human behavior
Abstract The conceptual foundations of social learning theory (SET), respondent conditioning, operant conditioning, and observational learning, are empirically supported approaches to understanding normative human development and the etiology of psychosocial problems. The principles of SET are completely consistent with the currently popular eco-systems framework within social work practice. A thorough integration of SET within the eco-systems model will substantially reduce the shortcomings of the latter, namely its lack of a testable theoretical framework, and lack of prescriptive guidelines for social work assessment and intervention. (Journal abstract.)