The social learning theory is believed the behavior theory is directly related to criminology. Albert Bandura believed that aggression is learned through a process called behavior modeling. The theory is that children model behavior from three different sources. The three sources are through their families, the media and the environment. All three of theses can have a big affect on their criminal behavior. Family influence is when children grow up seeing aggression and have come to believe that it is acceptable behavior, as they become adults this behavior continues into criminal activity with no regard for the law. Aggressive discipline is viewed as a way to control a child, children will then model this behavior and become abusive to their children or their spouse. When a child is showing aggression you should be looking for some signals such as conduct disorder, ADHD, and oppositional defiant disorder. How early delinquency is dealt with can help determine whether the person reforms or continues criminal behavior.

The media plays an important role in criminal behavior because children are exposed to so much violence on the television. Television shows graphic violence that is considered an acceptable behavior especially when heroes are never punished. Years ago bank robbers were heroes on television. People idolized Bonnie and Clyde. When children see this type of behavior they think it is acceptable and imitate the criminal behavior. There have been several high profile cases of people claiming television caused them to commit crimes, one is John Hinckley who attempted to assassinate Ronald Reagan after watching the movie Taxi Driver fifteen times, another is Ronald Zamora who killed an elderly and claimed he was addicted to violence on television.

Environmental influences also have an affect on a person's criminal behavior. People that live in high crime areas are more likely to act violent than those who live in stable neighborhoods. A neighborhood that is surrounded by cultural conflicts, insufficient social structure and poor living conditions are a major cause of criminality. In crime ridden neighborhoods you can gain reinforcement for committing crimes also there are easy targets in this situation.

The four conditions that are necessary to model another individual are attention-the person must pay attention to the model. Retention- the person must be able to retain what the model is teaching them. Motor reproduction- they must be able to replicate the behavior. Motivation- the person must want to imitate what they have learned.

It is extremely important to play a positive role in a child's life so they have a position social learning behavior. A few wrong moves in a child's life may greatly affect the child and his development. Not only is it good to be a good role model in your child's life, but it is also important to be a good role model in any child's life as well. If you are with your friends and there is a child present, remind yourself how you would act if that was your child. Think about it and act appropriately.