Functional analysis screening for multiple topographies of problem behavior

Marlesha C. Bell, Tara A. Fahmie

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The current study evaluated a screening procedure for multiple topographies of problem behavior in the context of an ongoing functional analysis. Experimenters analyzed the function of a topography of primary concern while collecting data on topographies of secondary concern. We used visual analysis to predict the function of secondary topographies and a subsequent functional analysis to test those predictions. Results showed that a general function was accurately predicted for five of six (83%) secondary topographies. A specific function was predicted and supported for a subset of these topographies. The experimenters discuss the implication of these results for clinicians who have limited time for functional assessment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)528-537
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of applied behavior analysis
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 1 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • data analysis
  • functional analysis
  • screening

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy
  • Applied Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science


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