Definition of aversion therapy in English:

aversion therapy

Pronunciation /əˈvərZHən ˈTHerəpē/ /əˈvərʒən ˈθɛrəpi/

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noun

  • A type of behavior therapy designed to make a patient give up an undesirable habit by causing them to associate it with an unpleasant effect.

    ‘This infamous film, withdrawn by the director during his lifetime, deals with the questionable effects of aversion therapy on a violent teenage rapist.’
    • ‘For example, mild aversion therapy followed by positive reinforcement may be effective.’
    • ‘The most common treatment (from the early 1960s to early 1970s, with one case in 1980) was behavioural aversion therapy with electric shocks.’
    • ‘Some examples of rehabilitation programs are psychological/behavioral modification, aversion therapy, and detoxification.’
    • ‘Out of the 29 patients who had been through aversion therapy, only one considered himself as heterosexual.’