Prompting patron safety belt use at a restaurant

John Austin, Alicia M. Alvero, Ryan Olson

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A reversal (ABABAB) design was used to assess the effects of a verbal prompt on safety belt use of restaurant patrons. A verbal prompt delivered by employees at the exit door resulted in an average increase of 20% in safety belt use by drivers leaving the restaurant. A previous study provided this type of antecedent immediately before supermarket patrons entered their vehicles. This effort demonstrates the effects of a verbal prompt with greater latency between the prompt and target response.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)655-657
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of applied behavior analysis
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1998
Externally publishedYes


  • Community safety
  • Prompting
  • Safety belt

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy
  • Applied Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science


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