Social Cognitive Theory

Social Cognitive Theory is founded on an agentic conception of human development, adaption, and change. To be an agent is to influence the course of events by one's actions. Social cognitive theory subscribes to a causal structure grounded in triadic reciprocal causation. In this triadic codetermination, human functioning is a product of the interplay of intrapersonal influences, the behavior individuals engage in, and the environmental forces that impinge on theme. Because intrapersonal influences are a part of the determining conditions in this triadic interplay, people have a hand in shaping events and the course their lives take .

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