Decreasing children’s risk taking on the playground


Playground mishaps are some of the most common sources of injury and are the leading killer of children. The present study used a multiple baseline design across three classrooms (N = 379 children). With minimal teaching and rewards, children decreased and maintained decreased risky playground behaviors on slides. Floor effects on climbers prevented the demonstration of similar effects. The decreases seen in risky slide behavior are discussed within the context of preventive safety training for playground injuries.


Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis


  • J. Collins
  • A. Heck
  • L. Peterson

Prevention Levels

  • Secondary
  • Tertiary


  • PBS Coaches
  • PBS Teams
  • Teachers

System Impacts

  • Individual Student
  • Targeted Groups


  • Elementary School