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Theoretical Perspective: Cognitive-Behavioural


The cognitive-behavioural approach to psychological assessment has roots in learning theory and cognitive psychology. It is characterized by empirically based, multimethod and multi-informant assessment of behaviours, cognitions, and contemporaneous causal variables in the natural environment. This entry provides an overview of the historical and theoretical foundations of cognitive-behavioural assessment, the strategies and methods used, cultural considerations in its use, and future perspectives.

Historical and Theoretical Foundations

Cognitive-behavioural assessment has been influenced by generations of scholars and by research in multiple disciplines. The concepts and methods of the paradigm are based in applied and experimental behaviour analysis, learning, and cognitive construct systems. Conceptual elements are derived from experimental psychology and the work of behavioural pioneers such as Watson, Pavlov, Hull, Mowrer, and Skinner. The most important contribution from ...

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