Interpersonal Behavior Theory

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According to the case study, Carl Fleisher is a white, 17-year-old, single high school student living in a single parent family with an absent father (Hutchison, 2015). Carl revealed poor interpersonal relationships spending much of his spare time playing video games and working delivering pizzas. Carl self-confessed to using tobacco and marijuana. The period of adolescence is characterized by significant physical changes, puberty, psychological changes, as well as cognitive development (Hutchison, 2015). Including, the adolescents’ struggle for independence, competence, personal identity and sexuality. Abnormal deviated patterns of adolescent change may have negative psychological consequence (Hutchison, 2015).
Carl’s concerns are regarding
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The primary notions for understanding behavior are rooted in a person’s cognition, affect, and motivation. Theory also suggests that a person’s cognitive abilities (that guides behavior) can enable them to reflect on their thought, feelings, and motivation in response to the influences of the social environment (HBSE lecture). Because social environments do determine behavior, through examples of triadic reciprocal causations theory describe how the imitation of observed behaviors is influenced by the environment, person, and behavior. According to Bandura, each of these factors are causes of one another and must be understood as a system of influencing forces (Pervin, Cerrone & John,…show more content…
Congruent to CBT, both stress the cognitive conceptual frameworks of relationship functioning suggesting our beliefs about oneself influences one’s views in relationship to others (HBSE lecture). Theory explains the process of child’s early experiences in attachment relationships that ultimately affects their ability to develop positive future relationships (Hutchison, 2015). Attachment security is also a predictor of a positive self-concept, peer relationships and social networks (Page, 2011). From this perspective, the client’s systems early and current familial relationships are the cause of his depression and sadness. Based on the client’s systems absent father and environmental factors forcing the mother to work long hours it can be assumed that attachment security has been compromised (HBSE
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