Contextual Fit


Since the early 1990s, contextual fit has emerged as a key consideration in the development of behavioral interventions and supports for persons who engage in problem behavior in home, school, and community settings. Contextual fit is defined as the extent to which the elements of a behavior support plan are consistent with the values, skills, resources, and administrative support of those individuals who must implement the plan. A behavior support plan is said to possess good contextual fit, or to be contextually appropriate, when key implementers and other stakeholders (e.g., target student, parents, teachers, administrators) identify the procedures in the plan as acceptable, doable, effective, and sustainable within the implementation settings. The concept of contextual fit emphasizes elements of behavioral intervention that ...

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