Assignment: Utility Of The Functional Behavioral Assessment

In a minimum of 350 words.

1. Discuss in detail why the choice of a Functional Behavioral Assessment approach that utilizes principles of Behavior Analysis should be considered superior to previous iterations of assessment for problem behaviors. In your discussion, be sure to include reference to at least two of the following “old school” methods of behavior assessment: the diagnostic model, topography based, case based, or team preference based approaches.

2. Discuss some specifics related to research, empirical background, and legal issues that would justify the choice of a Functional Behavioral Assessment as a primary method for behavior assessment. Include reference to at least two specific research or study examples from Chapter 2 to back up your response.

Include At least one reference from : Steege, M. W. (2009). Conducting School-Based Functional Behavioral Assessments, Second Edition, 2nd Edition.

Taken together, the results of this study provide support for the idea that women do engage in intrasexual competition through the use of indirect aggression.


We thank Heather Brittain, Eric Duku, Lisa Elliot, Amanda Krygsman and Jessie Miller for their help with this research. We also thank Charles Cunningham, Wendy Troop-Gordon, Daniel Quigley, Steven Arnocky, Khrista Boylan, and Louis Schmidt for their helpful comments regarding this manuscript. Funding support came from Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Canada Research Chairs program and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (awarded to Tracy Vaillancourt).


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