Observational learning refers to the acquisition of behavior through contiguity without direct external reinforcement to the learner for that behavior (Mischel, 1968). Also known as modeling, this concept implies that learning occurs by observing the environment and the people in it. Observational learning can be used to explain the vicarious acquisition of responses not previously within an individual’s behavioral repertoire, as well as the inhibition or disinhibition of behaviors already learned (Bandura, 1969, 1971a).
KeywordsLiving Arrangement Observational Learn Symbolic Model Parental Competence Aversive Behavior
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