Behavioural Model of Abnormality

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  • Created on: 20-05-14 12:47

Behaviourists argue that abnormal behaviours are learnt through classical and operant conditioning.

  • Behaviourists reckon classical conditioning can be used to explain the developmental of many abnormal behaviours, including phobias and taste aversions.
  • Operant conditioning is learning from the consequences of actions. Actions which have a good outcome through positive reinforcement (reward) or negative reinforcement (removal of something bad) will be repeated. Actions with a bad outcome will not be repeated.

Aversion Therapy:

  • removes an undesired behaviour by associating it with unpleasant feelings. E.g. alcoholics given alcohol at the same time as a drug that naturally produces nausea. Nausea becomes a conditioned response to alcohol and they should now want…


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