Organisation: Lancaster University

Would I be helped?: Cross-national CCTV footage shows that intervention is the norm in public conflicts

Half a century of research on bystander behavior concludes that individuals are less likely to intervene during an emergency when in the presence of others than when alone. By contrast, little is known regarding the aggregated likelihood that at least someone present at an emergency will do something to help. The importance of establishing this aggregated intervention baseline is not only of scholarly interest but is also the most pressing question for actual public victims—will I receive help if needed?   The current article describes the largest systematic study of real-life bystander intervention in actual public conflicts captured by surveillance...

Date Published: 7th June 2019
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