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Psychological theory or theories and FBA

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.

Behaviorist theory is the school of thought based on the work of ...

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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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