Mental. Health Theories

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Write a paper which compares and contrasts two mental health theories

  • Describe each theory, including some history about the person who developed the theory and the major ideas and applications of the theory.
  • Describe the ways in which the two theories are similar, and how they differ.
  • Include a statement of how each theory could be used in your nursing practice. Include specific patient examples if you have them. You may also critique the theory: Is there anything with which you disagree or are there any problems you can identify?
  • It is expected that this essay will be 2-3 pages in length (not including the title page), double-spaced. Your paper should include an introduction and conclusion and proper APA citations from any source material you use, including your text.

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School: New York University



Mental Health Theories
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Mental Health Theories

Mental health professions rely on different theoretical models as the foundation for
understanding and addressing psychiatric altercations and mental health conditions.
Imperatively, this essay compares and contrasts two mental health theories as advanced by their
respective theorists. The paper also addresses how each theory can be used in nursing practice.
Operant Conditioning by Burrhus F. Skinner
Operant conditioning as proposed by B.F. Skinner suggests that learning takes place in
individuals through the punishment or reward of the behaviour. As such, through conditioning,
the behaviour is reinforced and its consequence highlighted (McLeod, 2018). Therefore, a
behaviour that leads to pleasant or positive results is more likely to be repeated as compared to
the one that creates negative consequences. Born in 1904, Skinner believed that cla...

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