Association for Behavior Analysis International

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35th Annual Convention; Phoenix, AZ; 2009

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Symposium #250
CE Offered: BACB
Recent Research on BBS and OBM
Sunday, May 24, 2009
1:30 PM–2:50 PM
North 221 AB
Area: OBM; Domain: Applied Behavior Analysis
Chair: David A. Wilder (Florida Institute of Technology)
Discussant: Timothy D. Ludwig (Appalachian State University)
CE Instructor: Florence DiGennaro Reed, Ph.D.
Abstract: Three papers on behavior-based safety and organizational behavior management will be presented. The first study depicts an evaluation of an intervention to improve security on a university campus. The second study examined the use of task clarification and peer feedback to increase the use of personal protective equipment by employees on a university campus. The third study evaluated the accuracy of managerial prediction of items / activities which employees state they would be willing to work for as part of a performance improvement plan.
Improving Security Procedures in a university residence Hall through Training, Feedback, and Contingent Access to Money
NICOLE J. POSTMA (Florida Institute of Technology), David A. Wilder (Florida Institute of Technology), Sarah E. Casella (Florida Institute of Technology), Anastasia Kolias (Florida Tech), Alicia Rosa (Florida Tech)
Abstract: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of training, feedback, and contingent access to money to increase a) the use of an authorized identification card to gain entry and b) “challenging” behavior in 3 university residence halls. “Challenging” is defined as occurring when the person entering or leaving the building asks another person entering the building to show identification. Participants included anyone who entered the residence halls at a small, private university. A multiple baseline design across residence halls was used to evaluate the interventions. Results suggest that all three interventions produced small improvements in the use of an ID card to gain entry but little improvement in challenging.
Evaluating Peer Feedback on the Safety Behaviors of Landscapers
STACEY BUMGARDNER (Appalachian State university), Timothy D. Ludwig (Appalachian State University)
Abstract: While many studies have researched the effects of information and feedback on safety performance, few have investigated the effects of conducting peer feedback on behavior. The current study investigated the effects of task-clarification and peer feedback on the use of proper personal protective equipment (PPE) among landscapers on a university’s campus. Using an ABC design, task-clarification and safety education was provided to all participants through a one-hour training course. The participants then collected observations of safe behavior on each other. The effects of task-clarification and peer feedback were assessed using a multiple baseline experimental design.
Accuracy of Managerial Prediction of Employee Preference: A Follow-up Analysis
BYRON J. WINE (AdvoServ of New Jersey), David A. Wilder (Florida Institute of Technology), Nicole J. Postma (Florida Institute of Technology), Sarah E. Casella (Florida Institute of Technology), Carelle A.D. Harris-Fortune (Florida Institute of Technology)
Abstract: The extent to which 100 managers could accurately predict what items / activities their emplyees report as preferred was examined. Managers were asked to rank items they thought employees most preferred. Next, employees indicated which items actually were most preferred. Kendall rank-order correlation coefficients were used to examine the data. As with previous research, results suggest that managers are poor at predicting emplyee's preferred items.



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