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Social Learning Theory: An Empirically-Based Approach to Understanding Human Behavior in the Social Environment

Author: Thyer, Bruce A.; Myers, Laura L.
Author Background:
Date 1/1/98
Type Journal
Journal Title: Journal-of-Human-Behavior-in-the-Social-Environment
Volume/Pages 1998, 1, 1, 33-52.
Subject Matter Human Behavior
Abstract The conceptual foundations of social learning theory, respondent conditioning, operant conditioning, & observational learning are empirically supported approaches to understanding normative human development & the etiology of psychosocial problems. The principles of social learning theory are consistent with the currently popular ecosystems framework in social work practice. A thorough integration of social learning theory with the ecosystems model will substantially reduce the shortcomings of the latter, ie, its lack of a testable theoretical framework & prescriptive guidelines for social work assessment & intervention. 2 Tables, 84 References. Adapted from the source document