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Eva LeeFollow

Date of Award


Culminating Project Type




Degree Name

Applied Behavior Analysis: M.S.


Community Psychology, Counseling and Family Therapy


School of Health and Human Services

First Advisor

Dr. Odessa Luna

Second Advisor

Dr. Benjamin Witts

Third Advisor

Dr. Michele Traub

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Keywords and Subject Headings

Parental involvement, Participant involvement, Message Framing, Data Collection


With more children getting diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder and the associated challenges they might encounter, it is crucial for behavior analysts to tailor treatments that could bring the maximum benefit to these children. One way to do this is to involve parents in their child’s behavioral support to improve their child’s overall achievement. However, parents might not be willing to participate in behavior-analytic therapy-related activities. One way to increase this involvement might be through message framing. Message framing is an approach where information is presented in a gain or loss framed manner to influence an individual’s action. Hence, the purpose of this study is to examine the effect of message frames (i.e., gain framed, loss framed, and mixed framed) on increasing parents’ and students’ data collection. There were no clear outcomes on the effectiveness of message framing for participants’ level of data collection. However, these results might be due to a range of variables, which are reviewed and discussed. This preliminary study in message framing opens up avenues of exploration when convincing stakeholders to be involved in a client’s therapy.



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