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date: 12 December 2019

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This chapter discusses two primary methods of behavioral assessment: observations and rating scales. The popularity of these behavioral assessment techniques is on the rise, and information is provided to clinicians and clinicians-in-training on the basic tenets of behavioral observations and rating scales. Specifically, the advantages and limitations of behavioral observations and rating scales, key considerations when preparing for and conducting an observation or collecting behavioral rating scales, measurement issues, information on frequently utilized tools, and recommendations for practice are provided. The chapter concludes with possible future directions for the use of behavioral observations and rating scales.

Keywords: assessment, behavior, observations, rating scales, measurement

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