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Can someone help me identify the relevant psychological theory or theories most relevant in terms of explaining the psychological underpinnings of the functional behavior assessment? I was thinking that it was Classical Testing Theory (CTT), but I cannot seem to relate the two.

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Functional Behavior Assessment

FBA initially came about as a way to try to interpret or understand the behaviors of patients/students with cognitive or neurological impairments that prohibited them from being able to explain why they were doing what they exhibiting certain behaviors. It gave the staff who worked with them the ability to glimpse into their world and have a reasonable understanding of what they were feeling based on the behaviors involved. In short, it is a way of interpreting behaviors and to assess the functionality of a students behavior in the educational environment. The goal is to improve behavioral functioning in that setting. The key to the psychological underpinnings is in the title. It is a behaviorist theory and method of assessment and eventually treatment.

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The expert identifies the relevant psychological theory or theories most relevant in terms of explaining the psychological underpinnings of the functional behavior assessment. Classical Testing Theory is analyzed.

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Functional Behavior Assessment Articles

1. Take a look at the following article from the Kaplan Library where a functional behavioral assessment was conducted:
Alter, P.J., Conroy, M.A., Mancil, G.R., & Haydon, T. (2008) A comparison of functional behavior assessment methodologies with young children: Descriptive methods and functional analysis. Journal of Behavioral Education, 17, 200-219.
Describe and identify the specific assessment measures that were used in the study. Why were these particular assessment measures used in the study you selected? Describe the findings of the functional behavioral analysis. What specific assessment measures could you add or remove? Why?

2. Take a look at the following article from the Kaplan Library that evaluates an indirect method of assessment:
Caregivers' Agreement and Validity of Indirect Functional Analysis: A Cross Cultural Evaluation Across Multiple Problem Behavior Topographies; Viues-Ortega et al., J Autism Dev Disord (2011) 41:82-91
Discuss the pros and cons of the measure in terms of accuracy and reliability. Select another type of indirect method (structured interview, checklists, rating scale, questionnaire, etc.) and discuss for what purpose that assessment could be used.

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