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Identity and Emergency Intervention: How Social Group Membership and Inclusiveness of Group Boundaries Shapes Helping Behavior.

Levine, R. M. and Evans, D. and Prosser, A. and Reicher, S. (2005) Identity and Emergency Intervention: How Social Group Membership and Inclusiveness of Group Boundaries Shapes Helping Behavior. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 31 (4). pp. 443-453. ISSN 0146-1672

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Abstract

Two experiments exploring the effects of social category membership on real-life helping behavior are reported. In Study 1, intergroup rivalries between soccer fans are used to examine the role of identity in emergency helping. An injured stranger wearing an in-group team shirt is more likely to be helped than when wearing a rival team shirt or an unbranded sports shirt. In Study 2, a more inclusive social categorization is made salient for potential helpers. Helping is extended to those who were previously identified as out-group members but not to those who do not display signs of group membership. Taken together, the studies show the importance of both shared identity between bystander and victim and the inclusiveness of salient identity for increasing the likelihood of emergency intervention.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin
Additional Information: Levine was lead author, designed experiments, wrote manuscript. Levine was PI on the ESRC grant (L133251054) that funded the research. RAE_import_type : Journal article RAE_uoa_type : Psychology
Uncontrolled Keywords: social identity • group membership • emergency intervention • helping
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Psychology
ID Code: 3590
Deposited By: ep_importer
Deposited On: 07 Mar 2008 16:47
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 17:55
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/3590

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