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Social Cognitive Theory and Serial Killings
A look at the application of Albert Bandura's social cognitive theory to serial killers.
# 138911 | 1,750 words | 0 sources | APA | 2008 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2008 in Sociology (Theory) , Criminology (General)

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The paper looks at Albert Bandura's social cognitive theory that asserts that children learn rules, expectations, values, attitudes, motivation and behavior through modeling of behavior that they observe. This paper adresses how this theory can be used to explain how and why serial killers commit crimes through examining the factors and environments that these men lived in as children.

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"In modern day society, one of the most horrendous forms of violence is the planned murders of the serial killer. This extreme form of violent and aggressive behavior leaves many criminologists, sociologists and researchers puzzled as to why anyone could commit such a horrible crime. It is important to look for answers to explain serial killings so as to prevent and predict these kinds of crimes from occurring again. A sociological theory has been used to describe and explain why serial killers commit their crimes by explaining that much of their behavior was learned in childhood through modeling and imitating what they observed."

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