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Bystander behaviour - I am going to talk about bystander intervention (why some people help in situations and why some people don't).

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BYSTANDER BEHAVIOUR I am going to talk about bystander intervention (why some people help in situations and why some people don't). I am giving some examples of situations that have occurred and some experiments that have been done. I will also explain about Bib lateen and john Darleys (1970) research on bystander intervention and also some views of my own. I am going to start with a sad case about a 28-year-old girl called kitty Genovese from New York City. People throughout the nation were shocked to hear about how she was stalked, stabbed and sexually assaulted in half an hour without anyone helping her. Kitty repeatedly screamed for help, 38 neighbours heard this but no one comes to her aid. Voices and lights interrupted the attack yet nobody phoned the police or tried to help her in anyway. You begin to wonder how this could happen. When witnesses were asked why they did not help some said they did not want to get involved, one also said he was too tired and some said they didn't know why they did not do anything about it. ...read more.


With number 1 the bystander must notice the situation to help. With number 2 the bystander needs to recognise that it is an emergency or maybe for example it could just be domestic between lovers, or is it actually an attack. With number 3 if a bystander feels by helping in the situation he may get hurt himself then he may not help. With number 4 the bystander needs to decide how to help maybe by calling the police, or maybe standing up to the attacker. By number 5 the bystander may know how to help affectively and try and solve the situation. Latene and Darley did a few experiments one of which was filling a full room with steam (but passing it as smoke) and seeing how people would react. Some people actually were wafting the steam away from their faces and considering it may have been a big fire and a threat to their lives they took there time before actually doing anything. ...read more.


When a victim collapsed and no blood was coming from him he got more direct help. It also showed that males where more likely to help than females and if the victim was bleeding he was more likely to be helped by someone that was of the same race as him, but the victim that was not bleeding was helped by anyone from any race. There are many more examples and experiments' showing similar hypothesises. So maybe we are not so callous after all some of us are scared to help at times of need maybe because it is threatening to us, or that maybe we feel that we don't have enough knowledge to help the situation, we may feel embarrassed if we don't know quite what to do. This subject interests me because I have been in some situations where I haven't helped because of my own fears but maybe I should have, but also there is times when the neighbours have been having a lovers tiff and I thought they were actually killing each other. Wrote by Angela Hughes 12/11/02 ...read more.

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