The widening world of functional assessment: Comments on four manuals and beyond

An escalating number of materials have been published recently on the topic of functional assessment and assessment-based behavioral interventions. We review four manuals that purport to provide practical guidance for conducting functional assessment. An examination of these manuals yields encouraging evidence that the field of behavioral support has made notable progress in adopting a functional (behavior-analytic) approach to unwanted behaviors. The content of the manuals, considered in the context of merging perspectives in behavioral support, suggests a number of important issues and directions that should be addressed by future functional assessment research and practice.


Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis


  • Glen Dunlap
  • Donald Kincaid