Definition of aversion therapy in English:

aversion therapy


mass noun
  • A type of behaviour therapy designed to make patients give up an undesirable habit by causing them to associate it with an unpleasant effect.

    • ‘Some examples of rehabilitation programs are psychological/behavioral modification, aversion therapy, and detoxification.’
    • ‘This infamous film, withdrawn by the director during his lifetime, deals with the questionable effects of aversion therapy on a violent teenage rapist.’
    • ‘Out of the 29 patients who had been through aversion therapy, only one considered himself as heterosexual.’
    • ‘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.’


aversion therapy