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33rd Annual Convention; San Diego, CA; 2007

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Symposium #215
CE Offered: BACB
Behavioral Community Psychology: Making a Difference in Your Hometown
Sunday, May 27, 2007
1:30 PM–2:50 PM
Gregory AB
Area: CSE; Domain: Applied Research
Chair: H. Allen Murphy (Florida State University, Panama City)
CE Instructor: H. Allen Murphy, Ph.D.

Four papers will be presented to demonstrate the types of socially significant changes what may be made in a relatively brief peiod of time, 15 weeks, in community settings.

An Evaluation of Antecedent Prompting on Proper Disposal of Smoking Items.
LINDSEY OSBORN (Florida State University), Rosalind B. Bradley (Florida State University), Cassondra Gayman (Florida State University), Miste Miller (Florida State University), Akiko Yokoyama (Florida State University)
Abstract: By implementing a positive sign contingency and evaluating treatment effects using an ABAB design, we were able to increase the disposal of smoking items in designated receptacles on a college campus. Therefore, this study served as a systematic replication of the findings of Mueller, Moore, Doggett & Tingstrom, 2000.
Using Visual Prompts to Increase Consumer Compliance.
CASEY BURGESS (Florida State University, Panama City), Christine Lamas (Florida State University, Panama City), Sally Denise Lee (Florida State University, Panama City)
Abstract: Two different visual prompts were used to evaluate consumer compliance of returning shopping carts to the designated locations in the parking lot of a supermarket. Previous research had attempted to increase consumer compliance by using verbal prompts and having researchers interact with customers, which creates a false environment. The visual prompts were intended to increase compliance by enhancing the existing environment as approved by the store manager. The results indicate that the use of visual prompts was not sufficient to increase consumer compliance.
Behavioral Community Psychology Project: Percentage of Identification Checks Completed at a Local Store.
MEGAN DELEON (Florida State University, Panama City), Dianne E. Hughes (Florida State University/Brilliant Minds), Amanda L. Williams (Florida State University, Panama City), Alina Yurchenko (Florida State University, Panama City)
Abstract: Identity theft is currently a major problem in the United States. Many believe that businesses should do their part to decrease this problem. One way to do this is to require employees to check identification for all purchases paid for via credit card. Using an ABAC design, we evaluated the effects of two different posted signed on identification checking behavior. Baseline consisted of near zero levels of ID checks. The results of the study showed that posted signs did slightly increase ID checking behavior; however, the presence of several other variables may have contributed to any actual behavior change.
Bringing Behavior Analysis to Volunteerism: Improving the World through Blood Donation.
TARYN M. MANDERS (Florida State University), Jessica M. Ludwig (Florida State University), Emily Alexandra Winebrenner (Florida State University), Ed Littleton (Florida State University), Sandra Rodgers (Florida State University)
Abstract: There is a constant demand for blood donation. We conducted a behavioral analysis in this socially important area of volunteering. We analyzed the effects of posting signs on the number of donors at a local blood center. We then used donor satisfaction feedback and observational data to design interventions to improve interactions between donors and blood center staff.



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