PS 498 Purdue University Capstone Unit 4 Functional Behavior Assessment Discussion Discussion Topic
This Discussion focuses on Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA) and the considerations involved in selecting appropriate experimental designs with a focus on internal and external validity and social significance.
Please respond to the following:
Discuss the purpose and importance of conducting a Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA), and address each topic below:
Indirect and Direct Assessment Approaches
The environmental variables examined and how the identification of these variables inform the behavior analyst of the probable function of the target behavior
Why an understanding of the probable function of a target behavior is important in designing an effective behavior intervention plan
The guidelines for selecting target behaviors for intervention
Reading and Resources
ABA primarily uses single-subject designs (within-subject analysis) in order to demonstrate functional relationships between environmental variables (independent variables) and the behaviors of interest (dependent variables). Identifying the probable function of a target behavior involves the identification of the discriminative stimulus (antecedent independent variable) and the consequence, which can best be identified by conducting a Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA).
Unit 4 begins an in-depth review of the principles and tactics of applied behavior analysis, specifically the Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA), and considerations of research design and social and internal validity. Many of the concepts that you have covered in your ABA courses will be covered in detail. You will want to reflect on the information you have covered in previous courses. Textbooks and supplemental readings/materials from the following courses that may be helpful include the following:
PS360: Applied Behavior Analysis I
PS365: Applied Behavior Analysis II
PS410: Screening and Assessment
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