Behavioral Assessment Comes of Age

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Abstract

Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(4), 296–297. Reviews the book, Handbook of Behavioral Assessment edited by Anthony R. Ciminero, Karen S. Calhoun, and Henry E. Adams (1977). This book is divided into three main sections. The first section covers general issues. It includes two chapters that cover the assumptions and goals of behavioral assessment, comparisons of traditional and behavioral assessment, and most importantly, areas of research and theory in behavioral assessment that are in need of further attention. The second section surveys the various methodological approaches in behavioral assessment. In this section are chapters on the interview, self-report inventories, self-monitoring procedures as well as analogue measures, direct observational procedures, and psychophysiological procedures. The third section of the book takes a different perspective from the other two and reviews the assessment of specific behavior problems. The reviewer was truly impressed with this book and with the work presented in it. The editors have done an excellent job of organizing a book that reflects the state of the field. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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