Behaviorism, social learning, and exchange theory

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Publication Type Book Chapter
School or College College of Social Work
Department Social Work
Creator Yaffe, Joanne
Other Author McDonell, James; Strom-Gottfried, Kimberly J.; Burton, David L.
Title Behaviorism, social learning, and exchange theory
Date 2006
Description Behaviorism focuses on learning and the way in which behavior is shaped by its antecedent conditions and consequences. In rejecting mentalistic constructs such as mind, consciousness, and other internal processes, behaviorism stresses the importance of studying observable behavior rather than phenomena that cannot be empirically verified. Social learning theory developed many years later as a reaction to behaviorism's failure to account for internal processes that affect human behavior. Social learning theory posits that learned behaviors are mediated by thoughts, expectations, and emotions and stresses the importance of observational learning or modeling. Exchange theory, which evolved from behavioral psychology, functional anthropology, and utilitarian economics, seeks to explain human interactions through the dynamics of rewards and benefits. Although there are a variety of theorists writing in this tradition, rational, purposive behavior is believed to underlie all exchange.
Type Text
Publisher Pearson Education (UK)
First Page 349
Last Page 385
Language eng
Bibliographic Citation McDonell, J., Strom-Gottfried, K. J., Burton, D. L., & Yaffe, J. (2006). Behaviorism, social learning, and exchange theory, in S. P. Robbins, P. Chatterjee, and E. R. Canda, Contemporary human behavior theory: a critical perspective for social work. Pearson, 349-85.
Rights Management Robbins et al, CONTEMP HUMAN BEHAVR THEORY: CRITCL PERSPECT, © 2006. Reprinted by permission of Pearson Education, Inc.
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