Journal of Behavioral Education

, Volume 24, Issue 3, pp 338–371 | Cite as

Functional Behavior Assessment in Schools: Current Status and Future Directions

  • Cynthia M. AndersonEmail author
  • Billie Jo Rodriguez
  • Amy Campbell
Original Paper


Functional behavior assessment is becoming a commonly used practice in school settings. Accompanying this growth has been an increase in research on functional behavior assessment. We reviewed the extant literature on documenting indirect and direct methods of functional behavior assessment in school settings. To discern best practice guidelines and directions for future research, we evaluated studies to identify the (a) type of FBA used, (b) participant characteristics, (c) settings in which functional behavior assessments commonly were conducted, and (d) trends in the use of various methods of functional behavior assessment over time.


Functional behavior assessment School Challenging behavior 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Cynthia M. Anderson
    • 1
    Email author
  • Billie Jo Rodriguez
    • 2
  • Amy Campbell
    • 3
  1. 1.Appalachian State UniversityBooneUSA
  2. 2.University of Texas, San AntonioSan AntonioUSA
  3. 3.Grand Valley State UniversityAllendaleUSA

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