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Behavioral Measures and Interpretation of Data
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Functional analysis is specifically designed to test hypotheses maintaining (reinforcing) behavior. Describe the process of conducting a functional analysis to include basic approaches, deciding what to assess, and functional analysis design strategies. Next, summarize guidelines for conducting functional analysis manipulations. Finally, provide a hypothetical example of a real-world scenario where employing a functional analysis may be required to assess the maintaining reinforcement (refer to page 61–65 of the O'Neill et al. text).

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Functional analysis is a straight evaluation of response–reinforcer relations and since the conclusions are applied to determine the operant function of target behavior, it is called as "functional analysis". In a functional analysis, interrupters compose a safe environment in which analysts can “evaluate” various behavioral hypotheses. Because of repeated revelation to the different behavioral environments, meddlers can positively describe the client incentives. The functional analysis pattern of assessment was first determined...

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