Adaptive Behavior Scales

  • Paul J. Frick
  • Christopher T. Barry
  • Randy W. Kamphaus


What is meant by the term adaptive behavior?

What are the typical domains of adaptive behavior scales?

How is adaptive behavior different from other constructs such as personality or intelligence?

What are some of the most popular adaptive behavior scales?

The adaptive behavior construct traces its roots to early work in mental retardation, which, in turn, is linked to the roots of intellectual assessment (Kamphaus, 2001). Although intelligence tests contributed mightily to the recognition of the mental retardation syndrome, Doll (1940) noted that intelligence measures lacked sufficient breadth for assessing all of the relevant domains of behavior that needed to be considered in treatment of individuals with mental retardation.


Mental Retardation Social Skill Adaptive Behavior Adaptive Functioning Adaptive Behavior Scale 

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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul J. Frick
    • 1
  • Christopher T. Barry
    • 2
  • Randy W. Kamphaus
    • 3
  1. 1.University of New OrleansNew OrleansUSA
  2. 2.University of Southern MississippiHattiesburgUSA
  3. 3.Georgia State UniversityAtlantaUSA

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