Journal of behavioral assessment

, Volume 1, Issue 1, pp 3–21 | Cite as

Some relationships between behavioral and traditional assessment

  • Donald P. Hartmann
  • Brenda L. Roper
  • David C. Bradford


Psychometric principles and procedures were developed within the context of traditional approaches to assessment. In order to illustrate the frequent, if not uniform, applicability of these principles to behavior assessment, we first discuss the differences and similarities between traditional and behavioral assessment. We then point out ways in which, given the nature of behavior assessment, attention to certain psychometric principles and procedures would expedite the development of more adequate behavior assessment devices and procedures.

Key words

construct validity criterion-referenced generalizability theory norms psychometric principles reliability temporal stability traditional assessment utility validity 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Donald P. Hartmann
    • 1
  • Brenda L. Roper
    • 1
  • David C. Bradford
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyThe University of UtahSalt Lake City

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