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Self blame among victims of the bystander effect : one vs. more bystanders and severe vs. non-severe Situations Compared

Mulder, T. (2016) Self blame among victims of the bystander effect : one vs. more bystanders and severe vs. non-severe Situations Compared.

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Abstract:Due to the bystander effect, some victims can experience self-blame. This current study will research the self blame among victims that get confronted with the bystander effect. Hereby the belief in a just world, the locus of control of the victim and the severity of the situation, will also be taken into account. To investigate the degree of self blame among victims, two questionnaires and a vignet were made. There were four different versions of the vignet in which the amount of bystanders (one vs. more than one) and the severity of the situation (less severe vs. severe) were manipulated. The results have shown that both the amount of bystanders, the belief in a just world and the locus of control have no influence on the self blame of victims. The interaction between the locus of control and the amount of bystanders and the main effect of the severity of the situation were both marginally significant. Only the severity of the situation and the interaction between the locus of control and the amount of bystanders seem to influence the self blame that victims experience.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/70022
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