Bandura & Rotter, Molly Ringwald Character From Breakfast Club

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Bandura & Rotter, Molly Ringwald Character from Breakfast Club

The reinforcement for Clair’s behavior was mainly dependent on the approval she received from her popular peer group. She has a notion that she needs to be “popular” or approved in order to be seen as better in her school. Reinforcement would also be abiding by her parents so she is able to shop with her families wealth. After she had bought something materialistic, it makes her feel good. There was a battle of the reinforcement values in this movie. One was, as stated above, to seek approval of her older known peers known to be stuck-up, condescending, and popular. The other is reinforcement of a more positive virtue. This ...view middle of the document...

This is a hypocritical theory in comparison to the external locus of control.

Clair needs to be approved by groups immediately or she feels left out. Therefore, her expectancy in this situation is to be approved by others. This would also be known as social desirability. Clair also jumps in on bashing another person verbally when her peer does it. Thus, her expectancy would be to get on the bandwagon. An example would be Andrew bashing Bender, then Clair joining it to feel part of the popular crowd with Andrew. Clair, by the end of the movie, did show some deviation in her expectancies by being more empathetic to others and independent with her thinking. This showed that she had an external locus of control but was starting slightly to pitch off to the internal side of the E-I scale. But none the less, my estimation would say that she has a way to introspect before she gets out of the predominately external territory. The interactionists view from Clair’s standpoint is her need for approval and popularity around peer groups and social situations.

Expectancy of Clair is shown to be low at the beginning of the film, but brought up after the group discussion. Her expectancies become more internal via introspection of herself brought on by group advocation. The advocation may have been harsh and blunt at times, but it helped in the functioning of Clair finding other ways to think about herself, old peers, new peers, and parents. I believe this shaped her character in a positive way to think for herself instead of a group-think automaton looking for approval from other condescending teenage girls.

Firstly, Clair was using her expectancy outcomes. Her competency became more prevalent, she seemed more concerned about advancing her newly independent self and peers (The Breakfast Club). This could mean Clair would be more open to a self regulatory plan.
(Bandura) A personnel agency became more prevalent within Clair as time went on in the movie. She looked upon herself from the pressure put on her from the group. The group of five teenagers in a Saturday Detention helped bring out bottled up factors of anger against parents, approval of peer groups, and the truth that most peer group dynamics are the same.

There was reciprocal causation involved in Clair’s character as well. Her personal agency and the detention groups’ collective agency are both involved in a reciprocity relationship which helped her introspect. This introspection helped her influence her behaviors towards...

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