Behaviorist explanation of abnormality AO1
Must Classical conditioning, Operant conditioning, social learning theory.
Classical conditioning- Behavior is learnt through stimulus response associations.
Operant conditioning- Behavior is influenced by the consequences of our actions in terms of positive and negative reinforcement.
Social learning theory- if we observe behavior we have the abilit yo replicate it.
Behaviorist explanation of abnormality AO2
Focuses on behaviour- overcomes ethical issues as it concentrates on wether the information is adaptive or maladaptive.
Focuses on functioning- If the behavior presents no problem to anyone there is no reason to regard it as a mental disorder.
ignores the cause- the model focuses on the symptoms and ignores the causes of the mental disorder. if the symptoms were treated without treating the problem it will come back another way.
reductionist- to simplistic. Explains through conditioning and observation but not emotion and thinking.