Child Safety in Grocery Stores: The Impact of Verbal Prompts and Reinforcement on Safety Strap Use in Shopping Carts

Michael C. Clayton, Julie Blaskewicz Boron, Leanna Mattila

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Abstract

Head and face injuries requiring a hospital visit are a consistent problem for young children shopping with their caregivers. Falls from shopping carts are the most common cause of such injuries. Using a reversal design with a 2-month follow-up, research assistants verbally prompted caregivers with small children seated in a shopping cart to put a safety strap on their child when entering a grocery store. Compliance resulted in the child receiving a gold star sticker. The sticker was used to identify participants for subsequent data collection when exiting the store. Verbal prompts and stickers increased safety belt use, and most children (95%) remained strapped in during their entire visit. A 2-month follow-up showed the effects to be short lived.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)52-58
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Organizational Behavior Management
Volume34
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014

Keywords

  • behavioral safety
  • prompts
  • shopping carts

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology
  • Strategy and Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation

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