Tma1 Dse141

TMA 1. DSE141.

This table is based on facts from a study carried out by A. Bandura, Ross and Ross (1963). They used children as participants. Bandura and his colleagues investigated to what extent the children would imitate violent behaviour.

This table explains within each condition, in numbers, whether the participants would copy the behaviour they saw modelled in real life, the same way as if they saw it on a film. The study used three conditions, a live model, a film model and no model. The condition with no model was used to be able to compare the end conclusion. The aggressive act was carried out on a bobo doll. Half of the group witnessed a male model and the other half a female model.

On average in numbers, this table shows:

    • All the aggressive acts shown by the participants.

    • A higher aggressive act with the male participants.

    • The lowest aggressive act, for bout gender, was in the controlled condition.

    • That gender is being influenced by gender.

It indicates that boys are easier to be influenced by aggressive behaviour. It also affect girls but to a lower extent.

Learning by observing.

Can children learn to act aggressive by observing others? A child can easy pick up behaviours by observing someone else’s behaviour; it’s what we call social learning.   Does it then matter if it is on the TV, real life or in other settings you may wonder?

According to a research made by A. Bandura and colleagues in 1963, the result of the study showed evidence that it does. This study contributed to a better understanding of children’s behaviour and how we can influence them away from aggressive behaviour.

Brase.   N and Byford. J et al. States that early childhood experiences have a strong influence on personality formation. Recognising that early experience can play a role opens the possibility that some form of learning is involved.


N. Brace and J. Byford Albert Bandura, born in 1925, Canada....