Association for Behavior Analysis International

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33rd Annual Convention; San Diego, CA; 2007

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Symposium #151
Modern Approaches to Assessment in Clinical Behavior Analysis
Sunday, May 27, 2007
9:00 AM–10:20 AM
Edward D
Area: CBM; Domain: Applied Research
Chair: Jordan T. Bonow (University of Nevada, Reno)
Discussant: Thomas J. Waltz (University of Nevada, Reno)
Abstract: This symposium will begin with an overview of basic behavioral principles underlying psychopathology and psychological health and how these should guide clinicians’ assessment. We will then delve into more specifics of behavioral assessment and explain two attempts to apply these principles to self-report assessments. This will be followed by a discussion by Dr. Thomas Waltz.
Understanding Psychopathology and Psychological Health in Terms of Basic Behavioral Processes.
THOMAS J. WALTZ (University of Nevada, Reno), William C. Follette (University of Nevada, Reno), Claudia Drossel (University of Nevada, Reno)
Abstract: Before beginning the work of developing a self-report assessment instrument, it is helpful to have a good understanding of the fundamental behavioral processes hypothesized to be relevant to the phenomena of interest. This presentation will present a conceptualization of the basic behavioral processes involved in understanding psychopathology and psychological health. These basic processes will be discussed in light of the contemporary experimental analysis of behavior literature. Treatment and assessment implications will also be discussed.
Developing a Functional Assessment of Depression.
SABRINA DARROW (University of Nevada, Reno), William C. Follette (University of Nevada, Reno), Thomas J. Waltz (University of Nevada, Reno), Megan Oser (University of Nevada, Reno), Jordan T. Bonow (University of Nevada, Reno)
Abstract: This is a presentation on the development of a self-report measure to identify different typologies of depression. The items were derived from behavior analytic conceptualizations of depression. The creation of this measure was inspired by the need to have an assessment that provides treatment utility. Data will be presented on the new measure’s relationship to other measures of psychopathology and psychological health.
A Confirmatory Factor Analysis of the Functional Idiographic Assessment Template-Questionnaire (FIAT-Q).
JORDAN T. BONOW (University of Nevada, Reno), Glenn M. Callaghan (San Jose State University), William C. Follette (University of Nevada, Reno)
Abstract: The Functional Idiographic Assessment Template (FIAT) was designed to serve as a guide for clinicians conducting a functional analysis of problematic interpersonal behaviors. A written self-report form of this assessment tool, the FIAT-Q, was developed to expedite this assessment process, highlighting specific problematic classes of behavior to be further explored through clinical interview. The FIAT-Q has been shown to have sufficient reliability and validity. This presentation documents the determination of the structure of this self-report measure, testing its factor loadings against models based on behavioral principles.



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