Essay On Bystander Effect

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Section A If you witnessed an emergency happening right before your eyes, you would certainly take some sort of action to help the person in trouble, right? While we might all like to believe that this is true, psychologists suggest that whether or not you intervene might depend upon the number of other witnesses present (Soloman et al, 1978). The term bystander effect refers to the phenomenon in which the greater the number of people present, the less likely people is to help a person in distress (Rutkowski et al, 1983). When an emergency situation occurs, observers are more likely to take action if there are few or no other witnesses. Being a part of a large crowd makes it so no single person has to take responsibility for an action or inaction (Darley & Latane, 1969). There are two major factors that contribute to the bystander effect. First, the presence of other people creates a ‘diffusion of…show more content…
This goes to show that there were bystanders viewing the incident, it is at this stage that Dilbeck (2009) talked about making a decision as to what to do, the bystanders interpret by wondering if they should call the police. Also the social influence is seen where Darley & Latane,( 1970) states that When other observers fail to react, individuals often take this as a signal that a response is not needed or not appropriate as seen in this stanza. Stanza two highlights the decision stage where the bystanders are contemplating what to do as stated by Latane and Darley (1968) they went through all the stages but stopped at the final one which is actually intervening which comprises of embarrassment, worrying about danger and legislation. These feelings emerged as they were about to intervene but they thought of the penalty of helping as they said; “But we gotta move and we might get sued and it looks like it's gonna

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