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College of Hawaii. Presentation of the author's behaviorally-based theoretical version, for researchers and clinicians. Elaborates on a unified version incorporating baby improvement, character, and irregular habit.

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Applications to test construction and assessment: Paradigmatic behavioral assessment Unifying theory for psychological behavioral psychometrics: The personality theory provides a conceptual framework within which the personality concepts, methods, and instruments of the traditional field of psychometrics can be analyzed in a manner compatible with behaviorism. Personality tests measure aspects of the basic behavioral repertoires, which accounts for their ability to predict behavior. For example, intelligence tests heavily measure language repertoires and sensory-motor skills, and interest tests measure aspects of the emotional-motivational repertoire.

However, this does not mean that the principles and concepts in one level cannot be directly applied to the analysis of phenomena in more distal (non-adjacent) levels. The basic principles of learning, for example, can be directly applied to the study of phenomena in social interaction, child development, personality and personality measurement, abnormal behavior, and clinical psychology. 1 The multilevel conception of psychology's fields. behavior principles by some of us that began the fields of behavior therapy, behavior modification, behavior assessment, and behavior analysis.

The goal is to demonstrate the framework theory's relevance for the field, to show that the theory should be extended more broadly (and deeply), ultimately to confront all the elements in each field. The whole framework theory of PB, then, is composed of the conception that overarches the several framework theories in the fields (levels) (see Staats, 1963a, 1975, 1988). In psychology there is a huge amount of material produced in each field. Not all of it is of the same significance, so there is a large task of simplification, of rendering the complexity into a manageable conception.

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