Factors Influencing the Reliability and Validity of Observation Data

  • Theodore Jacob
  • Daniel L. Tennenbaum
  • Gloria Krahn
Part of the Applied Clinical Psychology book series (NSSB)


During the past 3 decades, researchers and clinicians alike have become increasingly interested in the nature of family interaction in their attempts to understand, modify, and prevent such diverse maladaptations as schizophrenia, depression, alcoholism, and childhood aggression. Overall, such investigations have sought to (a) construct and evaluate theoretical models of marital and parent—child behavior with the aim of understanding the development and functioning of family systems; (b) identify family interactions that reliably differentiate problem from nonproblem families as a first step toward developing more effective methods of treatment and prevention; and (c) assess the influence of various treatment approaches on the nature of intrafamilial interactions.


Percentage Agreement Interobserver Reliability Behavioral Assessment Apply Behavior Analysis Family Interaction 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Theodore Jacob
    • 1
  • Daniel L. Tennenbaum
    • 2
  • Gloria Krahn
    • 3
  1. 1.Division of Family Studies, 210 Family and Consumer Resources BuildingUniversity of ArizonaTusconUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of PittsburghPittsburghUSA
  3. 3.Crippled Children’s DivisionOregon Health Sciences UniversityPortlandUSA

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