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The Bystander Effect

What factors may affect a bystander from acting effectively in the presence of others and why is this the case for each factor?

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1. What factors may affect a bystander from acting effectively in the presence of others and why is this the case for each factor?

Referring to the bystander phenomenon, in theory, whether a person helps another person in trouble or need is directly tied to the number of people witnessing the person's need at the same time. Research suggests that a person is far less likely to help someone else in need if he or she is not the sole witness to the person in need. Why?

Besides the number of observers present, other interrelated factors also affect bystander effect, including, the notion of the phenomenon of diffusion of responsibility, a person's unclear perceptions, and the disregard of alarms. Diffusion of responsibility is when a person assumes that that duty ...

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Regarding the concept of bystander effect, this solution explores the situational factors that affect whether bystyanders will offer help to others in trouble i.e the factors that may affect a bystander from acting effectively in the presence of others and why is this the case for each factor. References are provided.

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