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Open Access Thesis

Keywords

Behavioral assessment of children -- Iowa; School psychologists -- Iowa -- Attitudes; Behavior modification -- Iowa; Behavior disorders in children -- Iowa; Problem children; Child psychology -- Methodology;

Abstract

Functional behavioral assessment (FBA) is a process that attempts to uncover specific causes and reinforcement of inappropriate behavior in order to design and implement interventions that more accurately address these behaviors. According to the 1997 amendments to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, functional assessments are now required in working with students struggling with inappropriate behavior. Despite these requirements there is still ambiguity about how these assessments are carried out in school settings (Gartin and Murdick, 2001). This study consisted of a survey of school psychologists in the state of Iowa to understand how the process looks currently, ten years after the law required it. This survey assessed the comfort level professionals have with the FBA process as well as how they perceive the utility and value of functional behavioral assessments.

Date of Award

2010

Degree Name

Specialist in Education

Department

Department of Educational Psychology and Foundations

First Advisor

Kimberly K. Knesting

Comments

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Date Original

2010

Object Description

1 PDF file (vi, 63 pages)

Language

EN

File Format

application/pdf

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