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On the origin and functions of the term functional analysis
Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis (2013)
  • Henry D. Schlinger, California State University, Los Angeles
  • Matthew P. Normand, University of the Pacific
In this essay, we note that although Iwata, Dorsey, Slifer, Bauman, and Richman (1982) established the standard framework for conducting functional analyses of problem behavior, the term functional analysis was probably first used in behavior analysis by B. F. Skinner in 1948. We also remind readers that a functional analysis is really an experimental analysis, words that were contained in the title of Skinner's first book, The Behavior of Organisms: An Experimental Analysis (1938). We further describe how Skinner initially applied the concept of functional analysis to an understanding of verbal behavior, and we suggest that the same tactic be applied to the verbal behavior of behavior analysts, in the present case, to the term functional analysis.
Publication Date
March 1, 2013
Citation Information
Henry D. Schlinger and Matthew P. Normand. "On the origin and functions of the term functional analysis" Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis Vol. 46 Iss. 1 (2013) p. 285 - 288 ISSN: 0021-8855
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