Previously published in Examiner
Part 5 of the role modeling series
Results of this very famous Bobo Doll Experiment by Alfred Bandura
The results of the Bobo doll experiment where children learned behaviors by watching adults punch a bobo doll proved that children who were exposed to an aggressive adult handling the Bobo doll could become aggressive themselves once the adult left the room and they were alone to play with the doll. These young children in nursery school learned learned new behaviors vicariously by watching other people perform them. This concept further enforces the need to have good role models in a child’s life.
the findingsBoys and girls were equally verbally aggressive.
Children shown a non-aggressive adult role model showed very little mimicking behavior.
Males exposed to a female role model were more likely to use a mallet to hit the Bobo doll than females.
Girls were less likely to be violent than boys.
The experiment did not prove that all children would be more aggressive, but it does show that children understood this behavior to be normal.
There has been much research showing how children are a product of their environment.
Today, Montreal parents are no less concerned about what we are teaching our children than we were nearly 50 years ago when this experiment took place. Though some people criticize Bandura’s social learning model. The social development of children does depend upon the environment in which they are put into. The Bobo doll experiment showed us that a child fed a recipe of aggressive behavior would understand this behavior to be normal.
Bullies are often products of a violent household and if they themselves are being bullied by others they can see this behavior as normal.
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