Social Learning, Causal Attribution, and Moral Internalization

  • David G. Perry
  • Louise C. Perry
Part of the Springer Series in Cognitive Development book series (SSCOG)


For the past two decades much of the research concerned with the effects of socialization practices on the child’s personality and social development has been inspired by learning theory. It is thus not surprising that learning-theory explanations figure prominently in contemporary accounts of the effectiveness of such practices as punishment, social reinforcement, and modeling (e.g., Parke, 1970, 1974; Walters & Grusec, 1977). Over the last several years, however, psychologists working within the framework of attribution theory have presented an alternative conceptualization of the effects of socialization practices on the child’s development and have begun to muster substantive support for their position.


Intrinsic Motivation Causal Attribution Social Learning Theory Attribution Theory Firm Control 
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  • Louise C. Perry

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