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The positive bystander effect: passive bystanders increase helping in situations with high expected negative consequences for the helper.
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PMID:  23421000     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
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The present field study investigated the interplay between the presence of a passive bystander (not present versus present) in a simulated bike theft and expected negative consequences (low versus high) in predicting intervention behavior when no physical victim is present. It was found that an additional bystander increases individual intervention in situations where the expected negative consequences for the helper in case of intervention were high (i.e., when the bike thief looks fierce) compared to situations where the expected negative consequences for the helper were low (i.e., when the bike thief does not look fierce). In contrast, no such effect for high vs. low expected negative consequences was observed when no additional bystander observed the critical situation. The results are discussed in light of previous laboratory findings on expected negative consequences and bystander intervention.
Authors:
Peter Fischer; Tobias Greitemeyer
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of social psychology     Volume:  153     ISSN:  0022-4545     ISO Abbreviation:  J Soc Psychol     Publication Date:    2013 Jan-Feb
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-02-20     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0376372     Medline TA:  J Soc Psychol     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
University of Regensburg, Department of Social and Organizational Psychology, Universitätsstr 31, 93053 Regensburg, Germany. peter.fischer@psychologie.uni-regensburg.de
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