Judith R. Mathews, Patrick C. Friman, Vincent J. Barone, Linda V. Ross, Edward R. Christophersen

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One adult and three adolescent mothers with 1‐year‐old infants were taught to reduce their infants' potential for injury in the home. After being taught to increase their positive interactions with their infants, the mothers were taught to child‐proof the home, to use playpen time‐out for potentially dangerous behaviors, and to give positive attention for safe behaviors. A multiple baseline design across subjects was used to evaluate functional control. Potentially dangerous behaviors, observed during 10 min of free play, decreased from variable and, at times, high rates during baseline to stable near‐zero rates after treatment. These target behaviors remained low at a 7‐month follow‐up assessment. 1987 Society for the Experimental Analysis of Behavior

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)165-169
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of applied behavior analysis
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1987


  • adolescents
  • infants
  • injury control
  • prevention
  • time‐out

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy
  • Applied Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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    Mathews, J. R., Friman, P. C., Barone, V. J., Ross, L. V., & Christophersen, E. R. (1987). DECREASING DANGEROUS INFANT BEHAVIORS THROUGH PARENT INSTRUCTION. Journal of applied behavior analysis, 20(2), 165-169.