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Chapter 2

Chapter 2

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University of Toronto Scarborough
Zachariah Campbell

Chapter 2 Observing and Recording Behavior Behavioral assessment measurement of the target behavior in behavior modification Behavioral assessment is important for: o Measuring behavior before treatment provides information that can help you determine whether treatment is necessary o Providing information that helps you choose the best treatment o Measuring target behavior before and after treatment allows you to determine whether the behavior changed after the treatment was implemented Direct and Indirect Assessment Indirect involves using interviews, questionnaires, and rating scales to obtain information on the target behavior Direct a person observes and records target behavior as it occurs Direct is usually more accurate than indirect because indirect depends on peoples memories Remainder of chapter discusses direct assessment methods 1. Defining a target behavior 2. Determining the logistics of recording 3. Choosing a recording method 4. Choosing a recording instrument (1) Defining the Target Behavior Identify what the person says or does that constitutes the behavioral excess or deficit targeted for change A behavioral definition includes active verbs describing specific behaviors a person exhibits A behavioral definition is objective and unambiguous Behavioral definition does not make inferences about a persons intentions Labels for behaviors are ambiguous they mean different things to different people Interobserver reliability (IOR) when two people independently observe the same behavior and both record that the behavior occurred **Table 2-1 (pg.24) (2) The Logistics of Recording www.notesolution.com
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