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Lecture 21
oBystander Apathy
oAnytime there is an emergency with witnesses
oOften the bystanders don’t help
oWhy?
oNot always the case- sometimes heroic
oMany concerned citizens getting involved at great cost to themselves to
help the kids
ophenomenon
o1960’s in New York
oKitty Ginevesee
oWas followed home and stabbed her, she screamed and a lot of building
heard about what happened
oOver the next half hour in 3 episodes and 38 witnesses
oOnly 1 made a phone call to police
oWhen the police were called and were on the scene in seconds
oWhy are people apathetic?
Why couldn’t they call
oVideo on Bystander Apathy
oI didn’t want to get involved
oBecause no one else got involved
oNo one did anything and even though he was walking
o1.Decide if it was an emergency
o2.What should u do? Look around u and copy what they d
oThink someone else will do something
oPublic embarrassment
oWhy don’t people stop/ help?
Emergencies in situations that we are not familiar with
oModel of the step for help to occur in an emergency
oNoticing a person, event, or situation that potentially may require help (has to bee
noticing) Interpreting the event as one that requires help (is the appropriate
action to help) Assuming responsibility (call police, I need to call but someone
else- personal responsibility) deciding how to provide assistance (what do I
do) helping (provide help)
oExplanations
oBreakdown of assuming responsibility
oThree factors that contribute to bystander apathy have been suggested:
Diffusion of responsibility
Kitty case
If u have lots of people, why me? another person will help
Every witness would have reason to believe that others
could help
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Lecture 21 o Bystander Apathy o Anytime there is an emergency with witnesses o Often the bystanders dont help o Why? o Not always the case- sometimes heroic o Many concerned citizens getting involved at great cost to themselves to help the kids o phenomenon o 1960s in New York o Kitty Ginevesee o Was followed home and stabbed her, she screamed and a lot of building heard about what happened o Over the next half hour in 3 episodes and 38 witnesses o Only 1 made a phone call to police o When the police were called and were on the scene in seconds o Why are people apathetic? Why couldnt they call o Video on Bystander Apathy o I didnt want to get involved o Because no one else got involved o No one did anything and even though he was walking o 1.Decide if it was an emergency o 2.What should u do? Look around u and copy what they d o Think someone
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