22 Assessment of Psychopathology
III. ASSESSMENT METHODS
Published Online: 26 SEP 2012
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Handbook of Psychology, Second Edition
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O'Brien, W. H. and Young, K. M. 2012. Assessment of Psychopathology. Handbook of Psychology, Second Edition. 10:III:22.
- Published Online: 26 SEP 2012
Behavior therapists must often design treatments for individual patients who present with a wide array of psychophysiological disorders and health problems. Behavioral assessment is a learning-based and empirically-grounded approach to assessment that is designed to systematically gather, integrate, and summarize information about the form and function of a patient's difficulties. Functional analytic case modeling is a strategy that can be used to organize assessment intervention for the purposes of designing interventions. The objectives of this chapter are to: (a) present a review of the conceptual foundations and essential procedures in behavioral assessment; (b) outline steps involved in conducting a behavioral assessment; (c) explain decisional and statistical procedures that can be used to evaluate assessment information; and (d) demonstrate how assessment information can be used to guide treatment design.
- behavioral assessment;
- causal modeling;
- functional analysis