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Psychology AS level, Unit 2, Abnormality




THE BEHAVIOURAL APPROACH
KEY ASSUMPTIONS:
Abnormal behaviour is learned like any other behaviour
Psychologists are only concerned with behaviour ­ not thoughts and emotions
The same Laws are applied with human and non-human animals
Behaviour is determined by interactions from the environment

CLASSICAL CONDITIONING:…

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Psychology AS level, Unit 2, Abnormality




EVALUATION OF THE BEHAVIOURAL APPROACH

STRENGHTS:

1. Convincing explanations for some abnormal behaviour:
It is an effective explanation for phobias

2. Effective treatment
The behavioural model has led to effective behavioural therapies used to treat phobias
Systematic desensitisation


WEAKNESSES:

1. Limited approach
Human behaviour…

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