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School Shootings and Social Learning Theory
This paper looks at violent acts committed by children, focusing on the issue of school shootings. This matter is examined through social learning theory.
# 109756 | 3,711 words | 20 sources | APA | 2007 | US

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In this article, the writer discusses school shootings in the U.S., focusing on the case of Luke Woodham at his violent acts in October of 1998. The writer explains that this case is used as an example of criminal acts that are conducted by children and the case is examined through social learning theory. The foundations of social learning theory are therefore explored and arguments against this theory in relation to school shootings are also discussed. Furthermore, the paper examines how social learning theory can be used as a predictor of school violence and the prevention techniques that have been offered and that must be implemented in order to address the issue. Finally, the response of the criminal justice system to school shootings is explored and conclusions are drawn based on the evidence. The writer concludes that the paper is significant because it examines a serious social issue that affects all members of the social order.

Prediction and Prevention
Recommended Criminal Justice Response

From the Paper:

"These reinforcements may occur through media, social group beliefs or through philosophies shared by others within the home. Reinforcements suggest that acts of aggression are acceptable, which leads to support for the motivation in committing criminal activity.
"Although it may be suggested by some within the social order that social learning theory can be used as a tool to blame television, movies or video games on the violent acts that are committed by youth, those applying the theory fail to see the complete cycle of events that lead to school shootings. Furthermore, it must be understood that this cycle of events that are discussed in social learning theory occur over an extended period of time, building to the moment of action. Therefore, social learning theory has the ability of not only identifying children that have been negatively impacted by their environment, but also using the information known regarding what affects children negatively to change their lives before violence occurs."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Allen,L., and Santrock, J. (1993). The contexts of behavior psychology. Madison: Brown & Benchmark Press.
  • Bandura, A. (1976). Analysis of delinquency and aggression.Mahwah: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
  • Bandura, A. (1975). Social learning and personality development: Mahwah: Holt, Rinehart & Winston.
  • Bandura, A. (1962). Social learning through imitation. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press.
  • Bartollas, C. (1990). Juvenile Delinquency. New York: Macmillan Publishing Company.

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