The Bystander Effect

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TheBystander Effect

Inmost cases, people who get an emergency in a public place do notreceive much attention this is due to the bystander effect, whichrefers to the tendency of a person observing an emergency to assistless when there are other people around than when the observer wouldbe alone. Sometimes, individuals may not help a person underemergency due to racial profiling, which may make them actunconsciously. Racial bias describes attitudes or stereotypes thatinfluence the understanding of humans, their decisions, and actionsin an unconscious manner.

Fromthe article IfYou Have A Health Emergency In Public, Strangers Probably Won’tHelp You, ithas been argued that annually, emergency medical services receiveapproximately 36 million calls for individuals suffering from healthcrises, injuries, and heart attacks (Huffingtonpost, 2016). Thearticle argues that majority of the victims obtain no aid whilewaiting for the EMS to arrive. This is a depiction of the bystandereffect in action. The article also highlights the presence of racialbias where, in a minority group, just 1.8 percent of blackindividuals obtained emergency assistance from bystanders(Huffingtonpost, 2016). The article also indicates that if one isblack, it is unlikely that a stranger would assist him or her, whichfurther shows the extent of racial bias in making individuals engagein unconscious actions such as not as failing to assist people whoneed emergency services. The reason for picking this article isbecause my grandmother, whom I loved so much, had to go through amedical emergency and no one offered to assist her. It was with thehelp of the EMS that she was in a position to receive care.

Huffingtonpost(2016). IfYou Have A Health Emergency In Public, Strangers Probably Won’tHelp You. Retrievedfromhttp://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/racial-bias-emergency-response-bystanders-help_us_571123b8e4b0018f9cb9efde

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