Functional Assessment for Challenging Behaviors

  • Johnny L. Matson

Part of the Autism and Child Psychopathology Series book series (ACPS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Johnny L. Matson
    Pages 1-1
  3. Dennis R. Dixon, Talya Vogel, Jonathan Tarbox
    Pages 3-24
  4. Robert Didden, Peter Sturmey, Jeff Sigafoos, Russell Lang, Mark F. O’Reilly, Giulio E. Lancioni
    Pages 25-44
  5. Giulio E. Lancioni, Nirbhay N. Singh, Mark F. O’Reilly, Jeff Sigafoos, Robert Didden
    Pages 45-64
  6. John M. Huete, Patricia F. Kurtz, R. Justin Boyd
    Pages 65-89
  7. Sarah Hurwitz, Noha F. Minshawi
    Pages 91-103
  8. Alison M. Kozlowski, Johnny L. Matson
    Pages 105-124
  9. Timothy R. Vollmer, Henry S. Roane, Amanda B. Rone
    Pages 125-141
  10. Max Horovitz, Johnny L. Matson
    Pages 143-158
  11. Megan Sipes, Johnny L. Matson
    Pages 159-177
  12. Nicole M. Rodriguez, Wayne W. Fisher, Michael E. Kelley
    Pages 179-193
  13. Deborah A. Napolitano, Vicki Madaus Knapp, Elizabeth Speares, David B. McAdam, Holly Brown
    Pages 195-211
  14. Alan Poling, Jennifer L. Austin, Stephanie M. Peterson, Amanda Mahoney, Marc Weeden
    Pages 213-233
  15. Back Matter
    Pages 235-243

About this book


As the cornerstone of applied behavior analysis, functional assessment is supported by a burgeoning literature that focuses on identification of and interventions for aggressive, self-injurious, and other challenging behaviors. Although the number of research studies continues to grow, full-length volumes on using functional assessment to address these behaviors remain few and far between.

Comprehensive in coverage, Functional Assessment for Challenging Behaviors expands the knowledge base by providing information on all aspects of its topic. This unique volume addresses basic questions in salient detail, from types and rates of challenging behaviors to populations that warrant functional assessment. In addition, it examines typical assessment techniques, including interview, scaling, experimental, and in vivo methods. The use of functional assessment in treatment planning – and in combination with other interventions – is covered in depth. An especially timely chapter identifies key ethical and legal concerns in working with challenging behavior populations.

Coverage includes:

  • The history of behavior analysis and functional assessment.
  • The nature, prevalence, and characteristics of challenging behaviors.
  • Interview and observation methods in functional assessment and analysis.
  • Experimental functional analysis for challenging behaviors.
  • Treatment methods commonly used with functional assessment.
  • Using functional assessment in treatment planning.

Functional Assessment for Challenging Behaviors is an essential resource for researchers, scientist-practitioners, and graduate students in clinical child and school psychology, pediatric psychiatry and medicine, social work, rehabilitation, and developmental psychology.


ABA ASD Applied behavior Analysis Assessment Autism Behavioral function Challenging behaviors Developmental disabilities Ethical issues Experimental functional analysis Functional analysis Functional assessment IDEA Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Intellectual disabilities Interventions Interview methods Legal issues PDDs Pervasive developmental disabilities Replacement behaviors Scaling methods Special education

Editors and affiliations

  • Johnny L. Matson
    • 1
  1. 1., Department of PsychologyLouisiana State UniversityBaton RougeUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2012
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4614-3036-0
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4614-3037-7
  • Series Print ISSN 2192-922X
  • Series Online ISSN 2192-9238
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