Is conditioning a useful framework for understanding the development and treatment of phobias?

Field, A. P. (2006) Is conditioning a useful framework for understanding the development and treatment of phobias? Clinical Psychology Review, 26 (7). pp. 857-875. ISSN 0272-7358

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Abstract

Despite the prevalence of therapeutic interventions based on conditioning models of fear acquisition, conditioning has been seen by many as a poor explanation of how fears develop: partly because research on conditioning has become less mainstream and models of teaming have become increasingly more complex. This article reviews some of what is now known about conditioning/associative teaming and describes how these findings account for some early criticisms of conditioning models of fear acquisition. It also describes how pathways to fear such as vicarious teaming and fear information can be conceptualised as forms of associative teaming that obey the same teaming rules. Some popular models of conditioning are then described with a view to highlighting the important components in teaming. Finally, suggestions are made about how what we know about conditioning can be applied to improve therapeutic interventions and prevention programs for child anxiety. (c) 2006 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Depositing User: Andy Field
Date Deposited: 17 Jan 2007
Last Modified: 06 Mar 2017 05:21
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/721
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