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Observational measurement of behavior.

Author: Paul J Yoder; Frank J Symons; Blair Lloyd
Publisher: Newburyport : Brookes Publishing, 2018.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : Second editionView all editions and formats
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This comprehensive textbook introduces graduate students to observational measurement of behavior; it is also a valuable core resource for any clinician whose work includes observational research. The book discusses in depth the theoretical considerations underlying observational research and provides specific recommendations for effective techniques and practices.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Yoder, Paul J.
Observational Measurement of Behavior, Second Edition.
Newburyport : Brookes Publishing, ©2018
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Paul J Yoder; Frank J Symons; Blair Lloyd
ISBN: 9781681252476 1681252473
OCLC Number: 1034633622
Notes: Conclusions and Recommendations.
Description: 1 online resource (285 pages)
Contents: Intro; Title Page; Copyright; Contents; About the Online Companion Materials; About the Authors; Preface; The Scope of This Book; Topics and Corresponding Chapters; The Book's Iterative Teaching Style; Using the Online Companion Materials; Acknowledgments; Section I: Foundational Topics; Chapter 1. Introduction to Systematic Observation and Measurement Contexts; Systematic Observation Using Count Coding; Alternatives to Systematic Observation; Ways to Quantify Observations; The Rationale for Systematic Observation Using Count Coding. The Importance of Falsifiable Research Questions or HypothesesObjects of Measurement: The Continuum of Context-Dependent Behaviors to Generalized Person Characteristics; Context-Dependent Behaviors; Generalized Person Characteristics; Generalized Behavioral Tendencies; Skills; Judging the Relative Scientific Value of Different Measures; Reliability; Validity; Ecological Validity; Representativeness; Conclusions and Recommendations; Chapter 2. Validation of Observational Variables; The Changing Concept of Validation; Consequences of Not Attending to Validation. Overview: Types of Validity by Objects of Measurement and PurposesContent Validation; Varying Importance Ascribed to Content Validation; Weaknesses of Content Validation; Sensitivity to Change; Influences on Sensitivity to Change; Weakness of Sensitivity to Change as Way to Judge a Variable's Validity; Criterion-Related Validation; The Primary Appeal of Criterion-Related Validation; Weaknesses of Criterion-Related Validation; Construct Validation; Convergent Validity; Discriminative Validation Evidence; Nomological Validation Evidence; Weaknesses of Convergent Validity. Methods That Combine Convergent and Divergent ValidityMultitrait, Multimethod (MTMM) Validation; Confirmatory Factor Analysis as a Method of Validation; Putting It All Together With Literature Synthesis; An Implicit Weakness of Science?; Conclusions and Recommendations; Chapter 3. Estimating Stable Measures of Generalized Person Characteristics Through Systematic Observation; A Brief Overview of Measurement Theory; Why Stable Estimates Maximize Convergent Construct Validity; Two Ways to Stabilize Observational Measures; Estimating Stable Skills Through Observation. Definition of Measurement ContextHow Controlling Influential Contextual Variables Stabilizes Skill Estimates; Why Skills Are Often Assessed in Clinics or Labs; Estimating Stable Generalized Behavioral Tendencies Through Observation; Representativeness, Revisited; Definition of Contextual Measurement Error; Contextual Measurement Error in Measures of Generalized Behavioral Tendencies; How Averaging Scores Across Contexts Improves Measures of Generalized Behavioral Tendencies; Naturalness of Observations and Representativeness, Revisited; Computing Stability Coefficients.

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