It happens when the presence of others discourages a person from intervening in an emergency situation. The greater the number of bystanders, the less likely it is for any one of them to provide help to a person that is in trouble or distress.
People are more likely to take action in a crisis when there are few or no other witnesses present.
The Bystander effect is attributed to:
The Bystander effect can be reduced with awareness and in some cases explicit training.
An active bystander is most effective when they assume that they are the only person taking charge; giving direction to other bystanders to assist can, therefore, be critically important.
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