Functional Analysis

Functional analysis examines the causes and consequences of behavior. One assumption of functional analysis is that behavior is contextual – it is influenced by the environment around the individual. Behavior has consequences and in operant conditioning terms these can be seen to reinforce or punish a behavior, making it more or less likely to occur in the future. This classic A-B-C functional analysis worksheet can be used to collect information about what came before a behavior (antecedents), the behavior itself, and the consequences of the behavior.

  • Haynes, S. N., O'Brien, W. H. (1999). Principles and practice of behavioral assessment. Springer.

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Functional Analysis