Graduation Year


Document Type




Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Degree Granting Department

Child and Family Studies

Major Professor

Raymond Miltenberger, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Committee Member

Nicole McMillan, PhD, BCBA-D

Committee Member

Kimberly Crosland, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Committee Member

Kwang-Sun Cho Blair, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Committee Member

Svetlana Yampolskaya, Ph.D.


BST, Gun Safety, Manualized Training, Parent Training


Behavioral skills training (BST) is effective for teaching safety skills but often requires a behavior analyst to conduct the training, which can make it costly and inaccessible for most parents or teachers. Parent-conducted BST may allow for children to receive training without the need for a trained behavior analyst. However, providing parents with training can often be difficult. Manualized training from a website could allow parents access to needed material at a low or no cost. This study evaluated a web-based manualized intervention implemented by parents for teaching firearm safety skills using BST. First, BST experts and parents validated the web-based manual. Next, we used a multiple-probe across participants design to assess the effectiveness of parent-conducted BST. Results indicate that three children acquired the safety skills after parent-conducted BST alone, and the other three children required experimenter-conducted IST. The advantages of parent-conducted BST, limitations, and areas for future research are discussed.