Ethics and Behavioral Assessment Analytical Essay

Ethics and Behavioral Assessment
Uses the case of Margaret and her family to understand the development of behavioral assessment and the ethical standards involved in the questions.
# 149376 | 2,031 words | 3 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Dec 12, 2011 in Sociology (Social Work) , Ethics (General)

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This paper explains that behavioral assessment helps to determine the reason behind the negative behavior so that appropriate interventions can be developed to address these targeted behaviors. Next, the author looks at several of the listed questions and applies them to the case of Margaret and her family including recommended actions based on the behavioral assessment. The paper underscores that there are several ethical factors and standardized methods, which must be considered when developing the behavioral assessment questions and conducting the interview, such as informed consent, privacy, confidentiality, use of results and assessor bias. Included in the paper are the interview questions used in the case study

From the Paper:

"The information that is collected in the interview process helps the psychologist to develop an understanding of events which occur immediately before the behavior and an understanding of what happens right after the behavior. In other words the assessment interview will help to uncover the stress triggers and the consequences for these triggers. The interview will determine if previous intervention methods have been employed and uncover if the previous treatment was beneficial. The psychologist conducting the assessment will look at possible environmental triggers and any health conditions suffered by members of the family. Using direct observation and the responses to the interview question, the functional behaviorist will develop a comprehensive behavioral analysis that will be used to develop the best intervention program. The first question is the behavioral assessment interview determines the target behavior that needs to be changed. In this case Margaret is concerned with the hyperactive behavior of her son and daughter as well has concerns about her son's grades and peer group. Margaret is concerned with her current living situation and its affect on her children.
"The next question in the interview is designed to determine the length of time the behavior has been occurring. If the behavior is recent the psychologist will look at recent events but if the behavior has occurred over long periods of time the psychologist will need to delve further into the background of the family members."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • (2008). Ethical and Professional Issues in the Development and Operation of In Crisis Reports.Retrieved March 21, 2011 from
  • (2011). Techniques for Conducting the Functional Behavioral Assessment. Retrieved March 21, 2011 from
  • Waismen , C. (nd). Conducting a Functional Behavior Assessment. Retrieved March 21, 2011 from

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