Social Cognitive Theory Term Paper by hicaliber

Social Cognitive Theory
This paper discusses the history and application of the social cognitive theory (SCT).
# 95309 | 1,665 words | 7 sources | APA | 2006 | US
Published on May 21, 2007 in Psychology (Therapies) , Psychology (Theory)

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This paper explains that Albert Bandura's social cognitive theory defines human behavior as a triadic, dynamic and reciprocal interaction of personal factors, behavior and the environment and emphasizes strongly the role and power of the mind as an active force. The author points out that Bandura's social cognitive or learning theory is the most common theory used in public health to study various health problems, such as immunizations. The paper relates that, based on cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), which is an extension of SCT, the therapist also is a diagnostician and educator who applies performance-based and cognitive interventions to produce changes in the depressed patient's thinking, feeling and behavior.

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Brown, K M. (1999). Social Cognitive Theory. University of South Florida.
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