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University of Toronto Scarborough
Zachariah Campbell

Chapter 2: Observing and Recording Behaviour Behaviour assessment: measurement of target behaviour Important for: o Deciding if treatment is necessary o Choosing best treatment o Seeing if behaviour changed after treatment DIRECT AND INDIRECT ASSESSMENT Indirect Assessment: Uses interviews, questionnaires and rating scales to get info about target behaviour o Can get info from others or the target person o This info is from the past o E.g. asking teacher how child interacts w other kids Direct assessment: observe and record target behaviour as it happens o Must have precise definition of target behaviour to record it o More accurate o E.g. psychologist watches shy child interact Steps for developing behaviour recording plan 1. Define target behaviour 2. Determine logistics of recording 3. Choosing recording method 4. Choosing recording instrument DEFINING THE TARGET BEHAVIOUR Target behaviour is defined by excessdeficit targeted for change o Is action o Ojective and unambiguous o E.g. unsportsmanlike behaviour (target) may be defined as yelling and swearing on way to bench o Is not internal state, intention or label bc they cant be observed Good behavioural definition has high interobserver reliability interobserver reliability: diff people observe same defined behaviour happening o e.g. both people see swearing from baseball player THE LOGISTICS OF RECORDING The Observer observer is usually separate from person w target behaviour o must be trained to observe target behaviour and record it o usually physically close to person unless using video www.notesolution.com
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