Social Learning Theories Case Study by Master Researcher

Social Learning Theories
A review of the application of two different theories in relation to a case study.
# 90017 | 1,350 words | 1 source | 2006 | US

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This paper reviews the case of Bill, who was consistently exposed to his father's alcoholism and abuse. Moreover, Bill's father appeared to support Bill's behavior by allowing him excessive freedom that no other children in the neighborhood enjoyed. Consequently Bill was not punished for his action, but rewarded for them. This allowed Bill to believe that he was supported in his actions, which were generally accepted by Bill's peers. Therefore, Bill learned from his social environment that his criminal activity was acceptable. This corresponds with the subcultural theory of crime which relates to young criminal offenders. The paper first discusses the social learning theory whereby the individual will begin to develop his criminal behavior based upon learning from others and mirroring the behavior. In most cases this theory is associated with groups or gang activity. However, the individual can also be affected by family.

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