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Methods of Assessing Behavior: Observations and Rating Scales

Erin Dowdy, Jennifer Twyford and Jill D. Sharkey

in The Oxford Handbook of Child Psychological Assessment

Published in print April 2013 | ISBN: 9780199796304
Published online May 2013 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199796304.013.0026

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

Methods of Assessing Behavior: Observations and Rating Scales

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This chapter discusses two primary methods of behavioral assessment: observations and rating scales. The popularity of these behavioral assessment techniques is on the rise, and information is provided to clinicians and clinicians-in-training on the basic tenets of behavioral observations and rating scales. Specifically, the advantages and limitations of behavioral observations and rating scales, key considerations when preparing for and conducting an observation or collecting behavioral rating scales, measurement issues, information on frequently utilized tools, and recommendations for practice are provided. The chapter concludes with possible future directions for the use of behavioral observations and rating scales.

Keywords: assessment; behavior; observations; rating scales; measurement

Article.  18882 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Clinical Psychology

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