Functional Behavioral Assessment and School Social Work

Kevin J. Filter and Michelle E. Alvarez

in Functional Behavioral Assessment

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199764938
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199918935 | DOI:

Series: SSWAA Workshop Series

Functional Behavioral Assessment and School Social Work

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This chapter includes a definition and history of FBA, a review of supporting literature, and the relevance of FBA to school social work. FBA is a process of identifying the environmental conditions that predict and maintain problem behavior and was developed originally as a technology for assessing and planning interventions for individuals with significant developmental disabilities. It has since been adapted for use in the school context with students of all developmental levels and has been demonstrated to improve the quality of behavioral interventions in schools. Recent changes in the roles and functions of school social workers away from reliance on developmental histories and toward a functional, systems-perspective on student behavior indicate and need for school social workers to learn more about FBAs and how to work with schools to conduct them and develop appropriate interventions for students.

Keywords: functional behavioral assessment; school social work; empirical support; history

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