Observing and Interpreting Behaviors An Introduction to the Clinical Forum Clinical Forum
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Observing and Interpreting Behaviors
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Elena Plante, PhD
    Scottish Rite/University of Arizona Child Language Center, 33 East Ochoa Street, Tucson, AZ 85701
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School-Based Settings / Research Issues, Methods & Evidence-Based Practice / Language Disorders / Clinical Forum: Observing and Interpreting Behaviors
Clinical Forum   |   April 01, 1996
Observing and Interpreting Behaviors
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, April 1996, Vol. 27, 99-101. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.2702.99
History: Received October 2, 1994 , Accepted January 25, 1995
 
Language, Speech, and Hearing Services in Schools, April 1996, Vol. 27, 99-101. doi:10.1044/0161-1461.2702.99
History: Received October 2, 1994; Accepted January 25, 1995

Assessment validity relates not to the tests used or the analyses performed, but to the interpretations clinicians assign to results. The method used by a clinician to assess behavior is only valid in so far as it is appropriate for a particular purpose and can be interpreted with a high degree of confidence. The "appropriateness" of a measure and the degree of confidence in its interpretation is determined by the extent to which the content, psychometric properties, and ecological relevance all support a particular use. The articles in this clinical forum provide models for examining how behaviors are observed and interpreted through norm-referenced tests, criterion-referenced tests, and observational assessment methods.

ACKNOWLEDGMENT
Work by the author is supported by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders Grant K08DC00077, and by the Tucson Scottish Rite Charitable Foundation.
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