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Define descriptive assessment

Direct observation of person's behaviour in natural environment

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What is the goal of descriptive assessment?

To identify the env. variables that cause/maintain behaviour

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In descriptive assessment, behaviours are recorded...

as they occur

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Give two ways of collecting descriptive assessment data

ABC analyses; Scatterplots

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How does ABC analysis work?

Record the antecedents and consequences around behaviours. More it occurs, more chance these are functionally related

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ABC analysis should be conducted...

across several observations of behaviour, preferably across several different days

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Once you've collected enough data...

begin looking for patterns of antecedents and consequences surrounding behaviour

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ABC analysis is also called

ABC narrative recording

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Using data from ABC analyses you will (hopefully)...

be able to form a research hypothesis

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In ABC analyses you must remember to record ONLY...

environmental events and overt behaviours

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What are scatterplots?

Tables of intervals wherein behaviours are marked off as they occur in each interval

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What do scatterplots reveal?

Temporal patterns of behaviour

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Scatterplots help identify...

whether there are particular times the behaviour occurs; when might be the best time to observe behaviour

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Give a limitation to using descriptive assessment

Doesn't establish cause and effect - simply establishes correlations to build a hypothesis