Matthew G. Hile

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A survey was conducted to catalog the assessments used by practitioners to evaluate the problem behaviors displayed by clients with mental retardation. Questionnaires were mailed to 300 members of the Psychology Division of the American Association on Mental Retardation. Most practitioners rated functional assessment procedures as extremely or very useful.(More)
Heather and Rollnick's (1993) Readiness to Change Questionnaire directly measures the first three stages of behavior change: precontemplative, contemplative, and action. As part of the St. Louis Target Cities project, an automated assessment procedure was developed to assess individuals seeking substance-abuse services on a variety of dimensions, including(More)
Despite warnings that drinking during pregnancy is unsafe, many women are still at risk for an alcohol-exposed pregnancy (AEP). This article describes the outcomes of a web-based, self-guided change intervention designed to lower the risk for AEPs in a community. A sample of 458 women, between the ages of 18 and 44 years and at risk for an AEP (i.e., any(More)
Observations of direct-care staff behavior were made for 20 consecutive days at various locations in a large state-operated residential facility serving clients with mental retardation. Results indicated that the clients' functioning level, the presence of professional staff, the location of the observation, and the resident-staff ratio significantly(More)
Functional assessment seeks to elucidate the variables controlling a maladaptive behavior. Based on such an assessment, effective treatments can be designed that focus on replacing that maladaptive behavior with a functionally equivalent adaptive prosocial behavior. This technique has been promoted as an effective means of improving treatments by increasing(More)
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