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Avaliação Psicológica

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HALLBERG, Sílvia Cristina Marceliano  and  BANDEIRA, Denise Ruschel. Beyond IQ: Assessing Adaptive Behavior in Intellectual Disability. Aval. psicol. [online]. 2021, vol.20, n.3, pp. 361-368. ISSN 1677-0471.

Intellectual Disability (ID) is characterized by limitations of intelligence and adaptive behavior originating in the developmental period. Adaptive behavior represents the set of conceptual, social and practical skills learned and used by people in their daily activities. This theoretical study aims to discuss the importance of examining adaptive behavior in the psychological assessment of people with ID. The role of this examination in the diagnosis, severity classification, and intervention planning is also addressed. Guidance on procedures and tools for assessing adaptive behavior is provided. Final considerations place knowledge about adaptive behavior as an indispensable tool for the psychologist that works evaluating ID and emphasize the need for adaptation or construction of validated adaptive behavior measures for Brazil.

Keywords : intellectual disability; adaptive behavior; psychological assessment.

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