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Example Answer for Question 7 Paper 2: AS Psychology, June 2017 (AQA)

AS, A Level

Last updated 22 May 2017

Section B - PsychopathologyQuestion 6: Describe and Evaluate [12 Marks] - SLT

Question 7: Briefly Outline [2 Marks] - Flooding

Suggested Answer: Flooding is a behavioural therapy which exposes a person to the most anxiety-inducing stimulus immediately. With flooding, a person is unable to avoid (negatively reinforce) their phobia and through continuous exposure, anxiety levels eventually decrease. Since the option of employing avoidant behaviour is removed, extinction will eventually occur because anxiety is a time limited, and as a result, the fear will subside. 

Please Note: These answers have been produced without the knowledge of the mark scheme and merely reflect my attempt at producing a model answer on the day of the exam. These answers are not endorsed or approved by AQA.


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