WALDEN Pro-Social Behavior Application Bystander Intervention In Emergencies

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Pro-social behavior is behavior that is intended to benefit others (Fiske, 2014). There are various schools of thought regarding why individuals engage in pro-social behavior. These explanations include egocentric purposes, altruistic purposes, collective purposes, or adherence to moral standards. In addition to motivation, it is important to consider how situational factors affect pro-social behavior (Fiske, 2014).

For this week’s application, review the Learning Resources (Fiske, Chapter 9; Darley & Latane, 1968) as well as supplemental sources you determine using Walden’s Library.

The Assignment (4–5 pages)

  • Define pro-social behavior.
  • Explain three potential conditions in which diffusion of responsibility might occur and why.
  • Explain the steps of pro-social behavior and the significance of each step.
  • Be specific and use the current literature to support your response.

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Application: Pro-Social Behavior


Application: Pro-Social Behavior
According to Fiske (2014), pro-social behavior refers to a behavior which has an
intention of helping or benefiting other people and there exist diverse schools of thought
concerning the reasons behind the engagement of individuals in pro-social behavior. These
reasons or justifications include moral standards adherence, egocentric purposes, collective
purposes, or altruistic purposes. It is worth noting that, after considering motivation, it is also
essential to have some consideration on the manner in which situational factors influence prosocial behavior (Fiske, 2014). Therefore, this paper will discuss the potential conditions in which
pro-social behavior may occur as well as the steps involved in pro-social behavior and their
There are different potential conditions under which the diffusion of responsibility is
likely to occur and they include; the presence of other bystanders or onlookers (Darley & Latané,
1968). Under this condition, an individual knows that other people are also watching the unusual
scenario and they are likely to react or are reacting. Therefore, an individual may delay or fail to
provide help and this would mean that the responsibility of providing help will be diffused
among the onlookers (Darley & Latané, 1968). However, if it is only one bystander who is
present at an emergency scene, any help which will be provided will only come from him or her
and hence there may be no diffusion of responsibility. On the other hand, when there are several
onlookers present, the pressure for intervention does not rest on a single onlook...

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