ERIC Number: EJ1055245
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Apr
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Reference Count: 41
The Kitty Genovese Story in Introductory Psychology Textbooks: Fifty Years Later
Griggs, Richard A.
Teaching of Psychology, v42 n2 p149-152 Apr 2015
Given the many inaccuracies in the original "New York Times" 38-witnesses version of the Kitty Genovese story, this study examined the accuracy of this story in current introductory psychology textbooks, 50 years later. Recent studies have shown that there is no evidence for the following three key features of the original story: (1) that 38 witnesses were present, (2) that these witnesses watched the attack for its duration from their apartment windows, and (3) that the witnesses remained inactive, not intervening until it was too late. Twenty-one introductory textbooks were analyzed for the accuracy of their coverage of the Kitty Genovese story. Although a few texts still tell the inaccurate 38-witnesses story, most of the texts provide more accurate, updated coverage.
Descriptors: Sexual Abuse, Case Studies, Introductory Courses, Psychology, Textbook Content, Content Analysis, United States History, Accuracy, Textbook Bias
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