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Computerized Behavioral Assessment

  1. David C. S. Richard

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0214

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

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Richard, D. C. S. 2010. Computerized Behavioral Assessment. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–3.

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  1. Rollins College

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  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


Behavioral assessment is a methodology characterized by direct or indirect observation of low-level (i.e., minimally inferential) phenomena by either a participant or observer. It is distinguished from other forms of assessment in that behavior is considered a function of proximal and distal antecedents and consequences, the modification of which should lead to changes in the frequency, duration, or magnitude of a selected behavior. As such, behavioral assessment is a critical component of behavior therapy as both an assessment and monitoring tool to gauge the effects of an intervention on behavior and the variables hypothesized to control behavior (Haynes & O'Brien, 2000).