Tony grew up in an impoverished inner-city community. He was raised by a single mother and had to help with his four younger siblings. As he entered his teen years, the difficulties of living and growing up in his neighborhood began to take their toll. He was skipping school and routinely in trouble with the law. Yet a school guidance counselor recognized Tony’s innate intelligence, his talent as a leader, and his natural charisma, and intervened on his behalf.
Then what happened to Tony? As you might guess, there are many possible outcomes. Here are two extremes: By the time Tony was 20 …
… He had graduated with honors from high school and secured a scholarship to attend college. Since receiving his B.S. in Psychology, Tony has entered graduate school and is working toward an M.S. in Human Resource Management. Tony feels excited and hopeful about his future.
… He had been arrested and convicted of leading a car-theft operation, and went to prison. Since serving his time and being released, Tony has been unsuccessful in finding a job. He feels angry and hopeless about his future.
Consider the clues in Tony’s story about what you will explore as you examine social-cognitive theories of personality. What role has Tony played in how his life is turning out and how he thinks about his future? What are social influences on Tony, such as where he grew up and the guidance counselor who intervenes? How might a social-cognitive theorist explain these very different outcomes for Tony?
Your work in this final week of the course will offer answers. You will consider distinguishing features of social-cognitive theories of personality and how social origins of behavior and cognitive—or thought—processes can shape a person’s development.
Note: To access this week’s required library resources, please click on the link to the Course Readings List, found in the Course Materials section of your Syllabus.
Cervone, D., & Pervin, L. A. (2019). Personality: Theory and research (14th ed.). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Chapter 12, “Social-Cognitive Theory: Bandura and Mischel” (pp. 331-360)
Chapter 13, “Social-Cognitive Theory: Applications, Related Theoretical Conceptions, and Contemporary Research” (pp. 363-393)Review these chapters of the text to support your Discussion and Assignments in Week 6. Also note that the Week 6 Test for Understanding is based on the material in these chapters.
Boeree, C. G. (2006). Personality theories: Albert Bandura. Retrieved from http://webspace.ship.edu/cgboer/bandura.html
Continue building your knowledge of noted personality theorists with this profile of Bandura. Consider the information to support your Discussion post and Assignments this week.
Walden University. (2016). Suggested resources: Research project: Analyzing effects of media on behavior. Minneapolis, MN: Author.
This handout supports your Assignment 1 Research Project. The handout features recommended articles from the Walden Library and from websites, as well as a video resource. You may choose two resources from the handout to meet your research requirements for the paper, or you may choose your own resources. However, you are required to access the handout and consider the resources provided.
Read the Discussion Spark topic/question or comment posted by your Instructor in the Discussion Thread.
With these thoughts in mind:
Post a 1- to 2-paragraph response to the Discussion Spark.
To access your rubric:
Week 6 Discussion Spark Rubric
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