How and Why Bandura’s Research on Imitative Aggression Can Be Relevant for Parents.

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How and why Bandura’s research on imitative aggression can be relevant for parents. Purpose of this report: • summarise Bandura and briefly explain his experiment on imitative aggression • identify the findings on imitative aggression • beneficial effects of Bandura’s research for parents Background Albert Bandura is a Canadian psychologist, working at Stanford University in USA, where in 1961 he and his colleagues conducted well known and influential Bobo Doll experiment on a group of ninety-six children of age between 3 and 6. The purpose of this experiment was to examine if children would imitate aggressive actions carried by another person or character. Moreover, Bandura wanted to find out what factors would influence children’s behaviour thus he divided children by gender (Oates, 2012, p.109) and introduce them to three different variations: a real-life person, a human-film person, and a “cartoon”-film person, which were called ‘models’ (Assignment Booklet, 2013, p.11). Also, models in first two groups were divided by gender. There was also a fourth variation group where children were not exposed to the aggressive behaviour at all. Child, one at a time, was exposed to 10 minutes aggressive acts towards inflated Bobo doll. Afterward they were moved to a second room, which was arranged to mildly frustrate them by not letting them play with chosen toys. Finally, the child was moved to a third room, where the Bobo doll and other toys were available for 20 minutes of freely playing and where the child’s action were observed (Oates, 2012, p.110-11). Exposure to aggression and explanation of imitative aggression In contemporary world, where media such a television, internet, video games take a wide part in our life, we are forced to reflect how our children can be affected by violence and aggression presented through these media and what we, as parents should
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