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Social Cognition Theory and Low Self-Esteem

How would social-cognitive theory describe low self-esteem in the words of its own theoretical model?

How does this theoretical model suggest means of assisting people to overcome their sense of low self-esteem?

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(1) How would social-cognitive theory describe low self-esteem in the words of its own theoretical model?

Bandura's (1986 as cited in Bandura, 2007) Social Cognitive Theory indicates that internal processes such as self-awareness, beliefs, perceptions and values can affect behavior. Drawing on the Social Learning Theory and research, the theory indicates how socialization, stress and coping affect self-esteem. Bandura postulated that internal processes interact with the environment to affect one's behavior. Based on the self-esteem model, expectancies reflect cognitive processes. Thus, when viewed from this perspective, self-esteem interacts with environmental factors such as dysfunction in the family, peer relationships, and/or performance goals. For example, studies are presented that highlight the role of self-esteem in goal-directed behavior (Patterson, 1986). Patterson presents research that shows a child's non-compliance (rated by ...

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This soluton describes self-esteem from the perspective from a social-cognitive theoretical model. Resources are provided to enhance learning.

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