Influence of Assessment Setting on the Results of Functional Analyses of Problem Behavior


Analogue functional analyses are widely used to identify the operant function of problem behavior in individuals with developmental disabilities. Because problem behavior often occurs across multiple settings (e.g., homes, schools, outpatient clinics), it is important to determine whether the results of functional analyses vary across settings. This brief review covers three recent studies that examine the influence of different settings on the results of functional analyses and identifies directions for future research.


Lang, R. B., Sigafoos, J., Lancioni, G., Didden, R., & Rispoli, M. J. (2010). Influence of assessment setting on the results of functional analyses of problem behavior. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 43(3), 565–567. doi:10.1901/jaba.2010.43-565