Degree Granting Department
Applied Behavior Analysis
Raymond Miltenberger, Ph.D.
Staff management, Reactivity, Confederates, Positive interaction, MotivAider
Staff management research in group home settings has involved direct observation of staff performance during pre-treatment and treatment conditions. Collecting accurate research data is crucial to analyze treatment effects; however, reactivity to being observed has been cited as a limitation in several studies. The current study evaluated the use of a tactile prompt, self-monitoring, and feedback to increase positive interaction in a group home setting. Direct support professional staff were trained on the purpose and use of the MotivAider which provided tactile prompts to remind them to engage in positive client interaction. Reactivity was assessed by having a confederate observe staff positive interaction when the supervisor was present and when the supervisor was absent. The effects of supervisor presence were evaluated using an alternating treatment within a multiple baseline across participants' research design. Results showed that 2 of 4 participants increased positive interactions only when a supervisor was present and 2 other participants increased positive interaction only after receiving feedback.
Scholar Commons Citation
Mowery, Judith M., "Effects of supervisor's presence on staff response to tactile prompts and self-monitoring in a group home setting" (2008). Graduate Theses and Dissertations.