The functional analysis (FA) methodology was developed to provide an empirical basis for understanding the reinforcers contributing to the maintenance of problem behavior. Previous research has demonstrated that multiple formats have been established to address some areas, such as practicality, efficiency, and safety. We reviewed the research on a new replication and extension of the standard FA format, the interview-informed synthesized contingency analysis (IISCA) and its subsequent treatment. We discuss the efficiency and effectiveness of the IISCA across various populations, settings, topographies of problem behaviors, and maintaining functions across 17 studies. Common treatment trends, novel developments, and other critical intervention components are also reviewed. We provide suggestions for future directions and guidelines for practitioners when considering the use of the IISCA.
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Coffey, A.L., Shawler, L.A., Jessel, J. et al. Interview-Informed Synthesized Contingency Analysis (IISCA): Novel Interpretations and Future Directions. Behav Analysis Practice 13, 217–225 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s40617-019-00348-3
- Functional analysis
- Function-based treatment
- Synthesized contingencies