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Chapter 1. Introduction; J. L. Matson.- Chapter 2. A Brief History of Functional Analysis and Applied Behavior Analysis; D. R. Dixon, T. Vogel, J. Tarbox.- Chapter 3. Nature, Prevalence and Characteristics of Challenging Behavior; R. Didden, P. Sturmey, J. Sigafoos, R. Lang, M. F. O'Reilly, G. E. Lancioni.- Chapter 4. Function of Challenging Behaviors; G. E. Lancioni, N. N. Singh, M. F. O'Reilly, J. Sigafoos, R. Didden.- Chapter 5. Populations and Problems Evaluated with Functional Assessment; J. M. Huete, P. F. Kurtz, R. J. Boyd.- Chapter 6. Methods of Defining and Observing Behaviors; S. Hurwitz, N. F. Minshawi.- Chapter 7. Interview and Observation Methods in Functional Assessment; A. M. Kozlowski, J. L. Matson.- Chapter 8. Experimental Functional Analysis; T. R. Vollmer, H. S. Roane, A. B. Rone.- Chapter 9. In Vivo Assessment: Issues of Real Time Data; M. Horovitz, J. L. Matson.- Chapter 10. Scaling Methods of Functional Assessment; M. Sipes, J. L. Matson.- Chapter 11. Treatment Methods Commonly Used in Conjunction with Functional Assessment; N. M. Rodriguez, W. W. Fisher, M. E. Kelley.- Chapter 12. The Role of Functional Assessment in Treatment Planning; D. A. Napolitano, V. M. Knapp, E. Speares, D. B. McAdam, H. Brown.- Chapter 13. Ethical Issues and Considerations; A. Poling, J. L. Austin, S. M. Peterson, A. Mahoney, M. Weeden.

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Johnny L. Matson is Professor and Distinguished Research Master, and Director of Clinical Training in the Department of Psychology at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA. Prior to his 25 year tenure at LSU, Dr. Matson was a professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He is the author of over 600 publications including 34 books, and he is editor-in-chief of two journals; Research in Developmental Disorders and Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders.

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From the reviews:"This text was well-written and flows well. ... The authors labor on about how functional assessments are implemented, which undoubtedly would be useful detail for a beginning practitioner or college student. ... this is a useful resource for college students as well as clinicians practicing in evidence-based child mental health. The editors were able to summarize pertinent research in a wide area and condense it into a logical sequence. They were able to describe challenging behaviors and the importance of functional assessments." (Karen Li, Courageous Psychology, karenlipsychology.blogspot.com.au, July, 2013)"Those from fields of clinical psychology, school psychology, applied behavior analysis, pediatric psychiatry, social work, and developmental psychology, will appreciate the review and update of essential theory and applied information offered in this volume... For those using applied behavior analysis, the text addresses current issues and questions in the field, with the newest findings about the application of functional analysis to challenging behaviors... The book provides a clear, cogent presentation about where behaviorism has come from conceptually, what changes and advancements have occurred, and where things have landed." (Julie Nelson, Psychology Times, Vol. 4 (10), June 2013)"Functional Assessment for Challenging Behaviors provides clinicians the foundational knowledge needed to teach parents how to understand the causes of behavior in order to change future behavioral responses ... . Matson and colleagues describe the technology and methods that are essential for clinicians who want to work with families where presenting concerns are complex and difficult behavioral problems. The book provides a summary of the techniques and methods for analyzing behavior in the context of environmental antecedents and consequences." (Carol Naumann McKarrin, PsycCRITIQUES, Vol. 58 (16), April, 2013)"This book discusses applying behavior theory to difficult behaviors including self-injurious behavior (SIB), stereotypic behavior, aggressive behavior, and feeding disorders. ... This book is easy to read and contains good information to assist clinicians in addressing problematic behaviors. ... This book does a good job of providing answers for assessing and treating problematic behaviors. ... The book should be in the libraries of clinicians and researchers who are assisting individuals with more serious/persistent behavior problems." (Gary B. Kaniuk, Doody's Review Service, December, 2012)

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