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ALMEIDA, Paola E. de M. et al. Methodological strategies for functional analysis and evaluation of obsessive-compulsive behavior. Psicol. teor. prat. [online]. 2019, vol.21, n.3, pp. 386-404. ISSN 1516-3687.

The study aimed to identify the controlling variables of obsessive-compulsive behaviors of an adult participant, based on three evaluation strategies. For the first one, Indirect Functional Assessment, the researchers recovered records of therapy sessions attended by the participant, in which conditions favorable to obsessive-compulsive behaviors were described. For the second one, Descriptive Functional Assessment, the researchers observed the participant's behavior during sessions in which they presented tasks previously mentioned as triggering of the problem behavior. For the third one, Brief Functional Analysis - Single Function Test, the researchers manipulated a demand condition and a control condition, aiming to examine the functional hypothesis that the problem behavior would be maintained by escape/avoidance of tasks. Although dissonant, the results allowed the researchers to discard the negative reinforcement hypothesis. The pertinence of the adoption of different evaluation strategies for clinical practice and the frailties of interventions guided only by verbal reports are discussed.

Palavras-chave : behavioral analysis; functional analysis; obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD); indirect behavior assessment; descriptive behavior assessment.

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