Assessment | Biopsychology | Comparative | Cognitive | Developmental | Language | Individual differences | Personality | Philosophy | Social |
Methods | Statistics | Clinical | Educational | Industrial | Professional items | World psychology |

Clinical: Approaches · Group therapy · Techniques · Types of problem · Areas of specialism · Taxonomies · Therapeutic issues · Modes of delivery · Model translation project · Personal experiences ·

This article is in need of attention from a psychologist/academic expert on the subject.
Please help recruit one, or improve this page yourself if you are qualified.
This banner appears on articles that are weak and whose contents should be approached with academic caution


Behavioural assessment or behavioral assessment involves the identification and measurement of particular behaviors response units and the variables affecting their occurence.

In educational, clinical and organizational settings accurate assessment is key to developing effective programs of behavior modification or behavior therapy

Direct assessment involves observing and recording situational factors surrounding a problem behaviour (e.g., antecedent and consequent events). So, for example, a member of a IEP team may observe disruptive behaviour in the setting that it is likely to occur, and record the data.

The observer may use a matrix or scatter plot to chart the relationship between specific instructional variables and student responses. These techniques also will be useful in identifying possible environmental factors (e.g., seating arrangements), activities (e.g., independent work), or temporal factors (e.g., mornings) that may influence the behaviour. These tools can be developed specifically to address the type of variable in question, and can be customized to analyze specific behaviours and situations (e.g., increments of 5 minutes, 30 minutes, 1 hour, or even a few days). Regardless of the tool, observations that occur consistently across time and situations, and that reflect both quantitative and qualitative measures of the behaviour in question, are recommended.

Functional analysis is a particular, rigourous approach to behavioural assessment

Assessment instruments[edit | edit source]

Child behavioural rating scales[edit | edit source]

Behavioural rating scales[edit | edit source]

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

Further reading[edit | edit source]

Books[edit | edit source]

Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.