- Oxford Library of Psychology
- The Oxford Handbook of Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies
- Oxford Library of Psychology
- About the Editors
- Historical and Philosophical Dimensions of Contemporary Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
- Competencies in Cognitive and Behavioral Interventions
- Behavioral Assessment and the Functional Analysis
- Case Formulation for the Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies: A Problem-Solving Perspective
- Applied Behavior Analysis
- Exposure-Based Interventions for Adult Anxiety Disorders, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
- Cognitive Restructuring/Cognitive Therapy
- Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy
- Contemporary Problem-Solving Therapy: A Transdiagnostic Intervention
- Mindfulness- and Acceptance-Based Cognitive and Behavioral Therapies
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy: A Comprehensive Multi- and Transdiagnostic Intervention
- Relapse Prevention
- Behavioral Activation
- Cognitive-Behavioral Approaches to Stress Management
- Adult Anxiety and Related Disorders
- Adult Mood Disorders: The Case of Major Depressive Disorder
- Cognitive-Behavioral Interventions in Psychosis
- Cognitive-Behavioral Therapies in Older Adult Populations
- Treating Children and Adolescents
- Couple Therapy
- Intellectual Disability
- Delivery, Evaluation, and Future Directions for Cognitive-Behavioral Treatments of Obesity
- Personality Disorders
- Multicultural Issues in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy: Cultural Adaptations and Goodness of Fit
- Combination Treatment for Anxiety and Mood Disorders: Benefits and Issues for the Combination of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Pharmacotherapy
Abstract and Keywords
Behavior therapists must often design treatments for individual patients who present with a wide array of behavior disorders. Behavioral assessment is a learning-based, empirically focused, and systematic evaluation approach. The functional analysis, which is an important outcome of a behavioral assessment, is a set of decisional strategies that are used to systematically gather, integrate, and summarize information about the form and function of a client’s behavior problems. The functional analysis is a critically important outcome of assessment because it informs treatment design. The objectives of this chapter are to: (a) present a review of the conceptual foundations of behavioral assessment and the functional analysis; (b) outline steps required to generate a functional analysis; (c) explain simple decisional and statistical procedures that can be used to assist with the assessment and functional analysis and (d) describe how functional analyses can be used to design interventions using graphic causal models.
William O'Brien is Director, Behavioral Medicine Service, Elmwood Healthcare Center in Green Springs, Ohio; and Associate Professor of Psychology at Bowling Green State University.
Stephen N. Haynes is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
Joseph Keawe‘aimoku Kaholokula, University of Hawaii
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