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The Behavioural Approach to
Psychopathology


This approach concentrates on behaviours, learning and experience in causing psychological
disorders.

There are three main forms of learning: classical conditioning, operant conditioning and social
learning.

Classical conditioning:

This learning occurs through association. A neutral stimulus is paired with an unconditioned stimulus,
resulting with a…

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Social Learning Theory:

Social learning theory is an extension of operant conditioning and focuses on the observation and
imitation of other's behaviour. Vicarious learning and reinforcement are the main parts of the social
learning theory. This theory was developed by Albert Bandura in the 1960s, and they extended the
idea…

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