Social Learning Theory/Social Cognitive Theory

Social Learning Theory (SLT) asserts that people learn by observing others’ actions and the benefits of those actions, in addition to their own experiences.  Social Cognitive Theory (SCT) is the expansion of SLT and describes a dynamic, ongoing process in which personal factors, environmental factors, and human behavior exert influence upon each other. three main factors affect the likelihood that a person will change a health behavior: (1) self-efficacy, (2) goals, and (3) outcome expectancies.