Behavior Analysis in Practice

, Volume 11, Issue 4, pp 390–394 | Cite as

Increasing the Post-Use Cleaning of Gym Equipment Using Prompts and Increased Access to Cleaning Materials

  • Ilexis Elba
  • Jonathan W. IvyEmail author
Brief Practice


A multiple treatment reversal design was used to evaluate the effects of three different antecedent-based interventions on the post-use cleaning of gym equipment. Unidentified students, faculty, staff, and community members participated in this study. An announcement, signs, and signs together with increased accessibility to cleaning materials were evaluated. The highest level of post-use cleaning was observed under the signs plus accessibility condition. These results indicate that the use of antecedent-based interventions may be a viable option for increasing cleaning behavior.


Antecedent-based interventions Cleaning behavior Prompts Gym 


Compliance with Ethical Standards

Ethical Approval

All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.

Informed Consent

The requirement for informed consent was waived by the institutional review board. The participants were unidentified members of the public in a public setting. No identifying information was collected.

Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interests.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Behavioral Sciences and EducationThe Pennsylvania State University—HarrisburgMiddletownUSA

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