Previous investigators have analyzed the maintaining conditions for aberrant behaviors using brief
functional assessment procedures. These assessment procedures have been used in one of our
outpatient clinics, the Self-Injurious and Aggressive Behavior Service. This study presents a descriptive
summary of the results from 79 cases during a 3-year period. The outcomes of the brief
assessment were evaluated across three variables: (a) referring topography, (b) control over behavior
as evaluated through brief multielement designs, and (c) the identified maintaining conditions for
aberrant behavior. The limitations and future utility of brief functional assessments for identifying
distinct maintaining contingencies are discussed.
Anne Catherine Denning is a BCBA and an ACE (Approved Continuing Education) Provider with Consultants for Children, Inc. approved by the BACB.
Anne has a passion for improving the quality of providers in the Autism Intervention category and is a Behavior Analyst. She leads cases and supervises RBTs, BCaBAs and BCBAs and keeps her content material relevant and based on recent research.