THE IDENTIFICATION OF BEHAVIORS, AND INDIVIDUAL CHARACTERISTICS INFLUENCING PROBLEM IDENTIFICATION IN BEHAVIORAL CONSULTATION
AuthorNeumann, Albert Joseph
AdvisorBergan, John R.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractThe present study investigated the effects of consultant verbalizations on consultee verbalizations related to the specification and measurement of client behaviors and descriptions of client individual characteristics (i.e., traits). Statement categories for both the consultant and the consultee were related to the interview-outcome measure, i.e., the number of days of baseline collected by the consultee subsequent to the problem-identification interview. The present study also examined the relationship between the number of days of data collection agreed upon by the consultant and the consultee in the problem-identification interview (the interview-content measure) and the interview-outcome measure. The consultant's use of elicitation or emission in the selection of the interview-content measure was also related to the interview-outcome measure. Interviews of 50 consultants trained in behavioral consultation and participating in a field experience with public school teachers were analyzed. Consultant and consultee verbalizations were found to be highly interrelated, although weakly related to the interview-outcome measure. The content-interview measure was related to the interview-outcome measure in that the agreed-upon number of days of data collection was positively related to the subsequent collection of the same number of days of data. The odds that a consultee would return with the agreed-upon number of days of data (or more) as opposed to less than the agreed-upon number were found to be roughly six times greater for consultants who elicited rather than emitted the number of days of baseline to be collected.
Degree ProgramGraduate College