ERIC Number: EJ1103150
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-May
College Students' Willingness to Engage in Bystander Intervention at Off-Campus Parties
Silver, Blake R.; Jakeman, Rick C.
Journal of College Student Development, v57 n4 p472-476 May 2016
Colleges and universities have attempted to deal with the risks posed by off-campus parties with various efforts, including policies restricting the party environment, efforts to build community coalitions, as well as the creation of targeted education and training programs for students. Perhaps one of the most well-known efforts to address issues of injury, violence, and sexual assault at colleges and universities is peer and bystander intervention training. This article seeks to examine students' willingness to engage in a variety of methods of intervention at off-campus parties. Silver and Jakeman hypothesize that party hosts will be more willing to intervene in dangerous or problematic situations than party guests, given that they likely own or inhabit the party location and are more likely than guests to know the other attendees. The findings of this study speak to the importance of status--party guest or host--in impacting willingness to engage in peer or bystander intervention. These findings have implications for theory and practice in higher education. Regardless of which forms of intervention are considered, the results indicate that hosts are more likely to report willingness to intervene than guests.
Descriptors: College Students, Intervention, Off Campus Facilities, Social Responsibility, Recreational Activities, Student Behavior, Behavior Problems, Student Surveys, Helping Relationship, Attitude Measures, Online Surveys, Student Attitudes
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