The influence of target age on bystander helping behavior

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dc.contributor.advisor Kite, Mary E. Williams, Megan A. 2012-07-13T12:29:43Z 2012-07-13T12:29:43Z 2011-05-07 2011-05-07
dc.identifier.other A-341
dc.description.abstract Previous studies have examined the topics of helping behavior and ageism separately; however, the effect of ageism on helping behavior is a topic that has received little attention. The current study examined whether bystanders were more likely to offer aid to a young, middle, or older adult confederate. The behaviors measured were whether or not the bystander would pick up an object dropped by the confederate or would inform her that she had dropped the item. If help was offered, the experimenter also measured the amount of time that lapsed before the bystander offered help to the confederate. The hypothesis was that the bystanders would be more inclined to offer aid to the older confederate and that the help would be offered more quickly to that person. Results did not support the hypothesis; no significant difference emerged in help offered to younger or older confederates.
dc.description.sponsorship Honors College
dc.subject.lcsh Psychology.
dc.title The influence of target age on bystander helping behavior en_US
dc.type Undergraduate senior honors thesis. Thesis (B.?.)

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    Honors theses submitted to the Honors College by Ball State University undergraduate students in partial fulfillment of degree requirements.

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