Computers and Behavioral Assessment

Description of the Strategy

Computerized behavioral assessment tools include hardware and software applications that enable clinicians to monitor client behavior in ways that would have been impossible 20 years ago. Applications include functional interviews, behavioral questionnaires, clinical case modeling tools, self-monitoring programs, behavior-rating scales and checklists, psychophysiological assessment, and observational systems that utilize symbolic or virtual reality environments. Delivery platforms range from handheld computers (i.e., personal digital assistants, or PDAs) to desktop applications to immersive virtual worlds.

Although the term computerized behavioral assessment refers to a broad class of software and hardware applications, the technology rests on a functional foundation. Two variables are functionally related if changes in one variable are associated with, but do not necessarily cause, changes in a second variable. ...

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