Evaluation of the generalizability (reliability and validity) of analog functional assessment methodology

Cynthia M. Anderson, Kurt A. Freeman, Joseph R. Scotti

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The reliability and validity of analog functional assessment methodology in developing hypotheses about the variables maintaining excess behavior was evaluated within the context of generalizability theory and the Behavioral Assessment Grid. Three children with developmental disabilities who exhibited excess behavior participated. Two complete analog and contingency reversal assessments were conducted to evaluate the reliability (temporal and setting generalizability) of the methodology. Treatment validity was evaluated by conducting contingency reversals in all analog conditions, during which all targeted excess behaviors were ignored and programmed consequences were delivered following the occurrence of alternative behaviors. Results suggest that the analog assessments were both a reliable and valid methodology for all three of the participants. Implications for the future application of analog assessment are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)31-50
Number of pages20
JournalBehavior Therapy
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1999
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology


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