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Functional Assessment of Behavior

Mark W. Steege, Tonya S. Watson and T. Steuart Watson

in The Oxford Handbook of School Psychology

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780195369809
Published online November 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195369809.013.0079

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Functional Assessment of Behavior

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Functional behavioral assessment (FBA) refers to a wide range of methodologies whose primary purposes are to identify the individual and environmental variables that directly influence behavior, and to derive an individualized treatment plan based on those variables.

The principles, assumptions, methodologies, and procedures that comprise an empirically valid FBA are drawn from applied behavior analysis. This chapter first provides a description of the SMIRC model that guides the functional assessment process. The basic principles, components, and procedures of FBA are described, to assist with methodology selection and implementation. A discussion of the five most common errors committed when attempting to assess function is presented in an attempt to reduce the likelihood of their occurrence. Finally, we address some of the most pertinent questions related to school based FBAs.

Keywords: functional assessment; brief functional analysis; SMIRC model; errors

Article.  9912 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Educational Psychology ; Psychological Assessment and Testing

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