Culminating Project Title
Improving Staff Management of Camper Behavior Using Behavior Skills Training at Summer Camp
Date of Award
Culminating Project Type
Applied Behavior Analysis: M.S.
Community Psychology, Counseling and Family Therapy
School of Health and Human Services
Michele Traub, chair
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Keywords and Subject Headings
summer camp, behavior skills training, noncompliance, response cost
There is a lack of research on behavior skills training (BST) at summer camp. However, given the relatively unique setting, staffing, and programming requirements of camp, it cannot be assumed without study that BST will be as effective and feasible in the camp setting as it has been shown to be in other settings. The present study assessed the effectiveness of BST in training staff on the implementation of behavior management techniques for compliance. The participants in this study were four summer camp staff responsible for childcare at a small children’s camp. A multiple probe research design was used to assess the effect of BST on providing effective instructions, delivering enthusiastic praise and reinforcement for compliance, and using response cost procedures for noncompliance. Data were recorded on participants’ implementation of these procedures during baseline and then following BST. Data were also collected on a second, unrelated, though similar, behavior as a means of experimental control. Results indicate that the target behavior increased during the post-BST phase for all participants, while the control behavior remained relatively constant. In addition, camper noncompliance decreased from baseline to post-BST for all participants. These results corroborate findings on BST and response cost in other settings and extend this research into the camp setting.
Ziegler, Naomi, "Improving Staff Management of Camper Behavior Using Behavior Skills Training at Summer Camp" (2021). Culminating Projects in Community Psychology, Counseling and Family Therapy. 87.