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Chapter 2

Chapter 2 - Observing and Recording Behaviour

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Zachariah Campbell

Chapter 2Observing and Recording Behaviourone fundamental aspect of behaviour modification is measuring the behaviour that is targeted for change is behavioural assessment behavioural assessment is important for number of reasons a Measuring the behaviour before treatment provides information that can help you determine whether treatment is necessary b Can provide information that helps you choose the best treatment c Measuring the target behaviour before and after treatment allows you to determine whether the behaviour changed after the treatment was implemented Direct and Indirect Assessmentthere are 2 types of behavioural assessmenta Indirect assessment involves using interviews questionnaires and rating scales to obtain information on the target behaviour from the person exhibiting the behaviour or from othersdoes not occur when the target behaviour occurs but relies on an individuals recall of the target behaviourinformation of the target behaviour depends on peoples memories maybe based on incomplete information about the target behaviour b Direct Assessment a person observed and records the target behaviour as it occurs more accurate than indirect assessmentmost research and application in behaviour modification relies on direct assessment Defining the Target Behaviour to define the target behaviour for a particular person you must identify exactly what the person says or does that constitutes the behavioural excess or deficit targeted for change
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