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Behavioral assessment of teenagers -- Case studies; Academic theses; Case studies;


The factors which affect how children learn are as varied as the individual students within any given classroom. These factors can affect not only the academic resilience of the student, but their behavior as well. Problem behaviors that create substantial amounts of tension in the classroom can inhibit the academic success of an individual child, as well as the performance of his or her peers. Some students do not have the appropriate behavioral repertoires necessary to cope with the many academic and social expectations of attending school. The purpose of the current study is to develop and assess the effectiveness of a four-dimension ecological interview format to be used in the functional behavioral assessment (FBA) process to determine causal factors of inappropriate student behaviors. As yet, there are no other FBA interview formats that specifically address each dimension of physical, social, instructional dimensions or include the dimension of non-school factors. Currently available formats focus on factors that can be directly manipulated from within the school setting. Further, many current formats are either too brief to provide substantive information, or too extensive to allow for implementation within the educational setting. Additionally, alternative formats have until only recently begun to include the student as a primary informant in the FBA process, and the proposed format gives significant consideration of the child's perspective on behavior difficulties.

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Specialist in Education


Department of Educational Psychology and Foundations

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Kimberly Knesting


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