A validity study on the questions about behavioral function (QABF) scale: Predicting treatment success for self-injury, aggression, and stereotypies

Johnny L. Matson, Jay W. Bamburg, Katie E. Cherry, Theodosia R. Paclawskyj

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We investigated the validity of the Questions About Behavioral Function (QABF), a checklist designed to assess antecedent behavior, using a sample of 398 persons with mental retardation and a targeted maladaptive behavior of self-injurious behavior, aggression, or stereotypies. The QABF was used successfully to derive clear behavioral functions for most individuals (84%) across all three target behaviors. Further, subjects with treatments developed from functional assessment (QABF results) improved significantly when compared to controls receiving standard treatments not based on functional analysis. Implications of the present findings for assessing and treating maladaptive behaviors are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)163-176
Number of pages14
JournalResearch in Developmental Disabilities
Volume20
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1999
Externally publishedYes

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A validity study on the questions about behavioral function (QABF) scale : Predicting treatment success for self-injury, aggression, and stereotypies. / Matson, Johnny L.; Bamburg, Jay W.; Cherry, Katie E.; Paclawskyj, Theodosia R.

In: Research in Developmental Disabilities, Vol. 20, No. 2, 03.1999, p. 163-176.

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Matson, Johnny L. ; Bamburg, Jay W. ; Cherry, Katie E. ; Paclawskyj, Theodosia R. / A validity study on the questions about behavioral function (QABF) scale : Predicting treatment success for self-injury, aggression, and stereotypies. In: Research in Developmental Disabilities. 1999 ; Vol. 20, No. 2. pp. 163-176.
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