Paradigmatic Behavior Therapy

Paradigmatic (psychological) behaviorism is a behavioral framework model that aids clinicians and researchers in the conceptualization of a variety of etiological and maintaining factors that might contribute to an individual's repertoire of behavior—both normal and pathological. The model, unlike single-factor models (e.g., learning theory, cognitive processing, biological factors, or genetic predisposition), delineates the interactive roles of multiple response domains (i.e., affective/physiological, covert/cognitive, and overt/ motor) in the symptomatic presentation of individuals. In addition, the model allows one to conduct a clinical functional analysis and identify appropriate intervention strategies that are tailored to the individual's idiosyncratic presentation through function-treatment matching.

Background of the Model

Arthur Staats proposed paradigmatic behaviorism in an attempt to provide order to the theoretical chaos that pervades present-day psychology ...

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