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ERIC Number: ED326816
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Pages: 22
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A Discussion of Sex Education in the United States Incorporating Attribution and Social Learning Theory.
Denton, Diana
Teen pregnancies and teen sexually transmitted diseases cost society in terms of adding to the tax burden by supporting people who have dropped out of the tax base without a job or education in order to have a baby or repair their health. They also cost because of the loss of human potential of a young life interrupted and cut short with greater responsibilities than they can bear, in addition to perpetuation of the same cycle within a family. Incorporating social learning theory and attribution theory into sex education curricula in schools, churches, and community centers could reduce the rate of teen pregnancies and teen sexually transmitted diseases in the United States. Attribution theory identifies causes that individuals typically select for success and failure outcomes and the conceptual links between those outcomes and subsequent behavior. Social learning theory's major importance is the ability of individuals to abstract information from the behaviors of others, make decisions about which behaviors to adopt, and later enact the selected behaviors. This document presents intervention techniques and attribution retraining research that will be a model for future sex education curricula. (Author)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers: Social Learning Theory