Behavioural Approach

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  • Important behaviour: only behaviour (response to envioronment), external-focused or internal.
  • Conditioning/social learning: Use learning theory to explain disorders where major characteristic is behaviour.
  • Learning envioronments: envioronments may reinforce problematic behaviours e.g. avoidance=less anxiety, depressive=help from others and society provides deviant maladaptive models children indentify,imitate with this.


  • Experiments:Only on observable behaviours only appropriate way to prove. ABBA design: A=reward,B=no reward.
  • Animal studies: Same basic laws apply, reasonable to generalise rat and pigeon studies. Principles established by non-human animal studies.


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