ERIC Number: ED058602
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Jun
Reference Count: 0
When Do People Lend-a-Helping-Hand?
Schneider, Frank W.; And Others
This study compared the help-eliciting capacity of 4 helping conditions. Within each condition a male confederate dropped in the path of an oncoming pedestrian either 5 books, 5 coins, a glove (unwittingly), or a book (while the confederate was on crutches). The percentage of subjects helping ranged from 3 to 100, depending on the condition. The results were interpreted as supporting the proposition that the probability that a person will offer assistance to a stranger in need of help approaches certainty under conditions of low costs and high dependency and high personal responsibility. In addition, there was no evidence of sex differences in help-giving; however, there was some evidence that children are more likely to help than adults. (Author)
Descriptors: Emotional Response, Helping Relationship, Needs, Overt Response, Patterned Responses, Responses, Values
Frank W. Schneider, Dept. of Psychology, Univ. of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Windsor Univ. (Ontario).
Note: Paper presented at Canadian Psychological Association convention, St. John's, Newfoundland, June 3-5, 1971