Social Cognitive Theory: My First Behavior Change Model

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My first behavior change model is social cognitive theory. From the beginning, social cognitive theory was known as social learning theory by Bandura, then it was broadened into social cognitive theory in 1986. Social cognitive theory states that learning occurs when people interact with each other in a society. Social cognitive theory allows us to use the principles of observation to learn things, in other words, everything that we learn is gained through the observations and the interaction with other people. Our thought and believe affect our behaviors. For example, let’s take the case of kids. Kids always learn behaviors by observing people they are surrounded by, such as parents, peers, and relatives. Social cognitive theory has many concepts.…show more content…
He argued that these factors can affect our behavior. Our behavior influence and is influenced by the environment. Another concept of social cognitive theory is self-efficacy. It determine how people feel or think about themselves when performing a task. Social cognitive theory has some weaknesses. It does not explain how people change over time, it does not consider mental and physical changes, and it does not explain all the behaviors. Social cognitive theory does not take in account that something that is a punishment for someone could be seen as a reward by another person. The concepts of this theory are not interconnected to create an organized explanation of behavior. Social cognitive theory has some strengths. It is understandable and accurate, it explains many behaviors, it shows how to integrate social and cognitive theory, and it gives accurate picture about how behaviors are…show more content…
This model was proposed by social scientists in 1950. Its objective is to analyze the reason why some people have difficulties to comply with disease prevention approach or why they do not like to do screening test for early detection of diseases. In this particular case, our belief has a major influence on our behavior change. Health belief model has two components. The first component is the desire to be healthy or get better when you become sick, and the second component is the belief that a specific health action can help prevent a disease. When people are sick, they change behavior if only they believe in the effectiveness of the recommended health behavior. For example, witnesses of Jehovah do not believe in blood transfusion. So when they are sick, they do not comply with doctor’s order if it requires blood transfusion. In some culture, breastfeeding is mandatory because they believe that breastmilk is beneficial for the mother and the baby. The adoption of behavior change depends on two factors such as the perception of the benefits and barriers that are related to the health

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