Theoretical Approaches to Assessment and Treatment

  • Edward A. KonarskiJr.
  • Jean Spruill
Part of the Applied Clinical Psychology book series (NSSB)


Theories of psychopathology are collections of assumptions and facts relevant to behavior, as well as descriptions of how they interact to explain the development and persistence of abnormal behavior. Such theories have proved invaluable to both researchers and practitioners in their efforts to understand and alleviate human suffering. In fact, it can accurately be said that any attempt to understand, assess, or treat abnormal behavior presupposes some theory or model of psychopathology. At a general level, professionals’ theory of psychopathology acts as a guide to direct their performance in achieving their particular goals. In this regard, the terms approach and orientation well describe this role of theory.


Abnormal Behavior Stimulus Event Applied Behavior Analysis Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Biological Approach 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Edward A. KonarskiJr.
    • 1
  • Jean Spruill
    • 2
  1. 1.Human Development Research and Training InstituteWestern Carolina CenterMorgantonUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyUniversity of AlabamaTuscaloosaUSA

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