Behavioural approach

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  • Behavioural approach
    • focuses only on behaviours
    • Abnormal behaviours are learned
      • Classical conditioning
      • Social learning
        • abnormal behaviours may also be acquired by seeing others rewarded for the same behaviour
      • Operant conditioning
    • Limitations
      • treatment success comes from tackling the symptoms and not the cause - the cause may still remain and simply resurface
        • suggests that although the symptoms of many disorders are behavioural, the cause may not be
      • behaviourist explanations have been criticised for offering a very limited view of the factors that might cause abnormal behaviours
        • they tend to ignore the role of physiological or cognitive factors in the onset and treatment of abnormality


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