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Outline and Evaluate the social-psychological explanation of
aggression (24 Marks)

Social learning theory suggests that children learn aggressive behaviour by observing
others act aggressively. They learn under which situations people are rewarded for
aggressive behaviour (i.e. through vicarious reinforcement) and under which
situations they are punished. As a result, they…

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to increased aggression. It involves the loss of public awareness (concern about how
others view you) and loss of private awareness (concern about your own thoughts
and feeling). This loss of self-awareness minimises the concern about how other
evaluate you and about your own moral standards, thus weakening the normal…

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