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Educational Specialist (EdS)
Identifying effective treatments to address undesirable behaviors is one major
goal of research in changing human behavior. Researchers want to demonstrate that it is
indeed the treatment that is effecting a change in the target behavior and not some
extraneous influence. When researchers examine the effectiveness of an intervention the
treatment is implemented with the attempt to decrease the influence of other factors that
may explain behavior change that occurs in hopes to see the desired effect of the
independent variable (treatment) on the dependent variable (behavior). For this type of
research, it is important to keep all variables except for the dependent variable as constant
as possible, even if it is impossible to control for all outside influences. One method to
increase the level of control within a study is to ensure that the treatment is accurately
implemented as planned in order to minimize the effects of outside variables and more
accurately determine if the treatment independent variable did effect any changes in the
dependent variable. The extent to which a treatment plan is followed is often call
treatment integrity, treatment fidelity or procedural reliability (Gresham, 1989). Lack of
treatment integrity limits the confidence in treatment research outcomes by calling into
question whether a functional relationship exists between the treatment process and
behavior outcomes. Until recently few studies have included the evaluation of treatment
integrity of the intervention examined (Schlosser, 2002: Mcintyre, Gresham, Di Gennaro
& Reed, 2007).
Simpson, Gregory A., "Teacher Treatment Integrity in School Based Interventions" (2009). All Graduate Plan B and other Reports. 983.
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