GRE (Graduate Record Examinations) Psychology Clinical and Abnormal Psychology-Treatment of Disorders Study Material (Page 11 of 19)

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Behavioral Therapy: Characteristics of Behavioral Therapies and Behavioral Therapy Techniques


Characteristics of Behavioral Therapies

Behavioral therapies are

  • Empirical: Data-driven
  • Contextual: Focused on the environment and context
  • Functional: Interested in the effect or consequence of a behavior
  • Probabilistic: View behavior as statistically predictable
  • Holistic: Reject mind-body dualism and treat a person as a unit
  • Relational: Analyzing bidirectional interactions (stimulus and response)

Behavioral Therapy Techniques

  • Simple Extinction: This technique eliminates maladaptive behavior and removes reinforcement. E. g. , young child develop fussy behavior to grab attention, however if such a behavior is ignored he or she will automatic remove it from habit
  • Systematic Desen…

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Behavior Therapy: Advantages and Disadvantages of Behavior Therapy


Advantages of Behavior Therapy

  • Leads to accumulation of data concerning response to treatment
  • It is dynamic and flexible in nature
  • Requires a short number of treatment sessions, saving time and expenses
  • Meets needs of intellectual, emotional and cultur…

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