A behavioral analysis of verbal reports and parental educative practices: scope and limits

This study addresses the relevance of some methodological strategies of the Applied Behavior Analysis to examine parental educative practices. An instrument and a concept related to the data collection and analysis are discussed from a theoretical and applied perspective: verbal reports and descriptive functional behavioral analysis. The conclusion, considering the limitations of the reports, is that the information acquired using this strategy in addition to the descriptive functional behavioral analysis permitted the inference of some hypotheses concerning the behavior of parents and children, which can be used in actions aimed to investigate and intervene on behavioral problems and social skills.

parent child relations; behavioral assessment; verbal communication


Universidade de São Paulo, Faculdade de Filosofia Ciências e Letras de Ribeirão Preto, Programa de Pós-Graduação em Psicologia Av.Bandeirantes 3900 - Monte Alegre, 14040-901 Ribeirão Preto - São Paulo - Brasil, Tel.: (55 16) 3315-3829 - Ribeirão Preto - SP - Brazil
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