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Identity, place, and bystander intervention : social categories and helping after natural disasters.

Levine, Mark and Thompson, Kirstien (2004) Identity, place, and bystander intervention : social categories and helping after natural disasters. Journal of Social Psychology, 144 (3). pp. 229-245.

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Abstract

The authors developed a Self-Categorization Theory (SCT) approach to bystander behavior. Participants were 100 undergraduates at an English university. The authors made either a European or a British identity salient. Participants then rated their likelihood of offering both financial and political help after natural disasters in Europe and South America. When European (but not British) identity was salient, participants were less likely to offer help for disasters in South America than Europe. They were also more likely to offer financial help after disasters in Europe when European non-British identi-ty was salient. There were no differences in levels of emotional response to disasters by identity salience. Results indicate that social category relations rather than geographical proximity or emotional reaction are most important in increasing helping behavior after natural disasters.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Social Psychology
Uncontrolled Keywords: emergency helping identity place self-categorization
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Psychology
ID Code: 10025
Deposited By: Mrs Karen Gerrard
Deposited On: 25 Jun 2008 16:02
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 14:42
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/10025

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