Date of Award

1998

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Psychology

First Advisor

Johnny L. Matson

Abstract

Functional assessment is a tool in behavior therapy used to identify the functional relationships between a behavior of interest and the individual's environment. A functional assessment identifies variables that both occasion and maintain a particular behavior. Traditional functional assessment methodologies have relied on experimental techniques in which analog sessions are designed to mimic situations in the individual's environment. However, these techniques are time-consuming, require extensive training, and rely on the availability of numerous resources in the individual's setting. Development of a brief functional assessment checklist would circumvent these difficulties and make a significant contribution to applied behavioral psychology. The proposed study attempted to meet this need by providing the psychometric data for such a checklist: the Questions About Behavioral Function. These data include test-retest, interrater, and internal consistency statistics, factor analysis, and convergent validity. Reliability and factor analysis data were sound; however, convergent validity with analog functional analysis sessions requires additional work.

ISBN

9780599213098

Pages

115

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