Functional Assessment — Conceptual Q&A

  1. It is apparent from this website that a practical functional assessment includes an open-ended interview with parents or teachers followed by an analysis personalized from the interview. The analysis is referred to as an IISCA. Why this particular name?

  2. For years, most people conducting functional analyses have been careful to isolate tests of negative and positive reinforcement in functional analyses. Why then is a social negative reinforcement contingency often combined with a social positive reinforcement contingency in an IISCA?

  3. If the interview is often leading to differentiated analyses, why not simply conduct the interview and forgo the analysis?

  4. If chances are high that we are going to combine all the generic classes of social reinforcers (i.e., escape, attention, and tangibles), why do I need to conduct an interview?

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