Social cognitive theory across the life span

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Social cognitive theory has developed from social learning theory. It shares many fundamental principles with social learning theory but extends beyond it in its reliance on sociocognitive processes. This emphasis on sociocognitive processes has contributed to the explanatory value of the theory. It also has a broad focus that encompasses personal, environmental, and behavioral factors across the life span, which makes it one of the more comprehensive theories of human functioning. Central to the theory is human agency. This entry provides a description of the key social cognitive theory concepts and how they vary across the life span.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe SAGE encyclopedia of lifespan human development
EditorsMarc H. Bornstein
Place of PublicationThousand Oaks
PublisherSAGE Publications
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)9781506307640, 9781506353319, 9781506307633
ISBN (Print)9781506307657
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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