Megan M. Kwak

Date of Award


Degree Name

Specialist in Education



First Advisor

Mary Anderson

Second Advisor

John Austin

Third Advisor

Ruth Ervin

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Campus Only


The purpose of the study was to examine the correlation between several descriptive measures regarding the function of students' problem behavior. Information obtained through the use of a student rating scale was compared with information obtained through an observer's rating form, a teacher rating scale, and a semi-structured student interview. For one participant, a more in depth analysis of the validity of his self-reported function was obtained through a brief functional analysis conducted within an analog setting. Overall, results indicated a limited number of significant correlations regarding behavior function across descriptive measures and for a majority of participants when individual analyses were conducted. These results are discussed regarding implications for applied practice and future research.

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