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Psyche What type of learning ?

A 39-year-old woman who was herself a victim of child abuse becomes the primary caregiver for her elderly mother. Eventually, the daughter begins abusing her mother. This is an example of what type of learning?

A. Classical conditioning
B. Cognitive learning
C. Imprinting
D. Operant conditioning
E. Social learning
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C. Imprinting
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E. Social learning
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Correct Answer E) Social Learning

The correct answer is E. Social learning

Explanation -

Social Learning is that type of interpersonal acquisition of behaviors accomplished by watching a model perform the activity. When a stronger person models abuse of a weaker person, the weaker person often learns that as an appropriate response for later in their life.

Classical conditioning (choice A) is most associated with acquisition of behaviors by simple contiguity, and operates mainly in learning associated with the autonomic nervous system.

Cognitive learning (choice B) focuses on purposeful understanding and full cognitive awareness of information acquisition.

Imprinting (choice C) is not correct because this is the type of learning that is operative in bonding, in which one person (usually an infant) acquires attachment to another person (usually the mother) simply by being associated. It is central to affiliative processes, not to the disaffiliation one sees in elder abuse.

Operant conditioning (choice D) is not correct because this type of learning is dependent upon a reward or reinforcement being provided for a given behavior. Elder abuse is not a behavior that is systematically trained into the abuser.
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