n. the distinct behavior which must consistently exist in an individual in order for a diagnosis to be accurately made. Thus, actual, observable data on characteristic traits are given more importance than those which are assumed or self-reported. Also called behavior criterion.

BEHAVIORAL CRITERION: "Professionally-prepared personality tests are considered valid because their items are based on behavioral criterion."
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