Factors Associated With Bystander Effect


  • The presence of others makes people feel that they do not need to take on the responsibility, and that hopefully someone else is going to.
    • When going along with what others are doing there is a high possibility that help will not be sought out for the person in need. This leaves the person at an even more risk of something horrible happening, if nothing is done.

  • A person feels that it is required of them to act in a socially accepted manner; we tend to follow what the majority of the group follows.
    • According to vpr.net a study performed by Solomon Ash determined that people are likely to go along with the majority group in order to prevent too much attention on him/her. If the majority group says something is true a few select people who may not agree with them go along with them, and they may actually begin to doubt their true thoughts of what is right.
    • According to greatergood.berkley.edu a study among younger children in Kindergarten and first grade showed that the children are willing to go and help someone in need when they were with someone else, According to greatergood.berkley.edu the reason for the younger children to be willing to jump in and help others is because they are willing to discuss their thoughts and feelings with each other, and they form a plan of action as a team.

The lack of education regarding Bystander Effect plays a large role on people not intervening in situations. According to greatergood.berkley.edu Staub has come up with an Anti bystander education plan in order to educate people, and to try to prevent people from not helping in some way when faced with certain situations.

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