Recently the Department of Job and Family Services decided to implement a brand new policy regarding the issue of child endangerment. This strict new policy states that if one or more documented offenses should arise from domestic violence, child abuse, or drug/alcohol incidents the child will be taken out of the home. The child in question will be in custody for a period no shorter than six months or until the parent undergoes serious treatment and counselling. Also the parent will have to show the courts all documented evidence proving that the offender has sought treatment and is in recovery.
The Social Learning Theory that is being used as a basis for this new policy is centered on the view that people learn bad or aggressive behaviors by witnessing other people who act aggressively. While many social learning theorists understand that a person’s mental and physical characteristics can influence how violent they may be, it is believed that the environment they live in and what they witness or are subjected to in the home is a key factor behind their behavior. (Siegel, 2008). Social Theorist Albert Bandura stated, "Learning would be exceedingly laborious, not to mention hazardous, if people had to rely solely on the effects of their own actions to inform them what to do. Fortunately, most human behavior is learned observationally through modeling: from observing others one forms an idea of how new behaviors are performed, and on later occasions this coded information serves as a guide for action.’’ (Bandura, 1977).
To understand the Social learning theory there are three core concepts to help better explain. First there is the idea that people learn through observation which is incidentally called observational learning or as how Bandura said modeling. In my niece I see this theory coming to life in front of my very own eyes. Many times I see my brother and sister-in-law fighting and using many curse words in front of the children. Soon after that I would catch my niece using some of the same language as her father and mother. Children are so impressionable that you really have to watch what not only you say but your intentions in front of them. Second is internal mental state of the individuals. Environmental factors are not the only force that has an influencing affect. Our own internal state develops our internal rewards such as satisfaction, pride and sense of worth. Finally the third core concept of social learning theory is that learning does not necessarily mean that the behavior of the individual will be altered. Theorists have discovered that people can learn new information without demonstrating new behaviors.
I have a first-hand experience in seeing and hearing information without it affecting my own behavior. As a child of a former alcohol I understand how seeing certain things would have some effect on my personality but my behavior wasn’t altered in any bad way. I’ve seen more than enough of violent occasions but I never...