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Student-Directed Functional Assessment Interview Form (SDFAI)

The Student-Directed Functional Assessment Interview Form (SDFAI; O’Neill et al., 1997) is a structured interview conducted with the student in an effort to understand the student’s perspective on the circumstances related to a specific behavior of concern.


The interview takes 20 to 40 minutes and is conducted by an adult who has a positive relationship with the student. The interview results in summary statements outlining the antecedents, consequences, and function of behavior(s).


Author (yr) Age Range (yrs) Method of Administration/Format Approx. Time to Administer Subscales
Student-Directed Functional Assessment Interview (SDFAI) O’Neill et al. (1997) N/A

Interview with the student conducted by an adult, resulting in a summary statement regarding the behavior.

20-40 min.


Availability: In O’Neill et al. Functional assessment and programming developed for problem behavior: A practical handbook, Cengage Learning,

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