Clinical assessment plays an important part in behaviour therapy. It is critical in arriving at a clear definition of the problem behaviour and in evaluating the effects of treatment. Several modalities of assessment can be distinguished. In addition to interviewing the patient the most important methods are: self-report using questionnaires, self-monitoring of behaviour by the patient and behavioural observation by others. Before embarking on treatment, the therapist uses the collected information to conduct a thorough analysis of the problem behaviour and associated problems.
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