Evaluating the validity of functional behavior assessment

Mark D. Shriver, Cynthia M. Anderson, Briley Proctor

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This article provides a brief overview of functional behavior assessment and contrasts and compares functional behavior assessment and traditional psychological assessment. Messick's (1995) theory of construct validity is presented and then applied to the evaluation of the validity of functional behavior assessment measures. Finally, implications and guidelines of current construct validity theory are presented for school psychologists developing and/or using FBA measures and procedures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)180-192
Number of pages13
JournalSchool Psychology Review
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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