Principles of Behavioral Assessment

Tanya L. Eckert and Benjamin J. Lovett

in The Oxford Handbook of Child Psychological Assessment

Published in print April 2013 | ISBN: 9780199796304
Published online May 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199983292 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

Principles of Behavioral Assessment

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The chapter defines behavioral assessment and covers its historical developments over the last century. A review of the theoretical foundations of behavioral assessment is provided, including materialism, determinism, and contextualism. The chapter also discusses the methodological foundations of behavioral assessment, which are influenced by psychometric principles and a particular conceptualization of causation and functional relationships. Five general behavioral assessment methods are reviewed (behavioral observation, behavioral interviewing, behavior rating scales, psychophysiological measurements, performance tasks) and three specific applications of behavioral assessment methodologies (functional assessment, intervention evaluation, diagnostic classification) are discussed.

Keywords: assessment; behavioral assessment

Article.  13745 words. 

Subjects: Clinical Psychology

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