The application of adaptive behaviour models: a systematic review

Jessica A. Price, Zoe A. Morris, Shane Costello

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Adaptive behaviour has been viewed broadly as an individual’s ability to meet the standards of social responsibilities and independence; however, this definition has been a source of debate amongst researchers and clinicians. Based on the rich history and the importance of the construct of adaptive behaviour, the current study aimed to provide a comprehensive overview of the application of adaptive behaviour models to assessment tools, through a systematic review. A plethora of assessment measures for adaptive behaviour have been developed in order to adequately assess the construct; however, it appears that the only definition on which authors seem to agree is that adaptive behaviour is what adaptive behaviour scales measure. The importance of the construct for diagnosis, intervention and planning has been highlighted throughout the literature. It is recommended that researchers and clinicians critically review what measures of adaptive behaviour they are utilising and it is suggested that the definition and theory is revisited.
Original languageEnglish
Article number11
Number of pages17
JournalBehavioral Sciences
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jan 2018


  • Adaptive behaviour
  • Adaptive behaviour assessment
  • Adaptive behaviour construct
  • Systematic Review
  • Vineland
  • ABAS

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