Graduation Year


Document Type




Degree Name

Master of Science (M.S.)

Degree Granting Department

Child and Family Studies

Major Professor

Rocky Haynes, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Co-Major Professor

Kimberly Crosland, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Committee Member

Raymond Miltenberger, Ph.D., BCBA-D


Babysitters, Hazards, Safe Care, Unintentional Injuries


The leading cause of death for children across the world is unintentional injuries (UNICEF 2001). Hazards such as accessible pools, poisons, and small ingestible items are the leading causes of unintentional injuries. Behavioral interventions such as Project 12-Ways/Safe Care have been used to teach parents how to be proactive in structuring a home free of accessible hazards by teaching the parents to identify and remove hazards in their home. Though the Project 12-Ways/Safe Care model has over 30 years of literature supporting its efficacy, the model has not been tested with substitute caregivers who often play a critical role in keeping children safe. Therefore, this study evaluated the degree to which substitute caregivers could identify and remove hazards after being trained on the Project 12-Ways/Safe Care Home Accident Prevention Inventory Revised Protocol. Results suggest participants required multiple sessions of in-vivo feedback to learn to discriminate between hazardous and non-hazardous items. Limitations and future research are discussed.