- the aim of aversion therapy is to help people get rid of undesirable behaviour.
- it is a behaviourist therapy becuase it says we learn these unwanted behaviours fromt eh environment, therefore we can treat them in the same way.
- in the case of aversion therapy it suggests that behaviour is learnt through calssical conditioning.
- aversion therapy aims to remove the behaviour it self, rather than the actual psychological cause of it.
- hence, adapting scientific method of studying objective behaviour i.e. which is observable.
- using the features of classical conditioning, Aversion therapy is used to treat people who have problems such as alcoholism and self-harming.
- the people undertaking averison therapy (to treat alcoholism, for example) learn to associat e something which they want to avoid (neutral stimulus- alcohol), with an unpleasant stimulus (unconditioned stimulus- emetic drug).
- during conditioning the stimulus that they want to avoid (alcohol) is repeatedly associated with an unpleasant response (unconditioned response- sickness)