Event Title

Gender Differences in Attitudes Towards Bystander Intervention

Presenter Information

Erin McTomney, Criminal Justice

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Stephine Halter

Abstract

In the college environment, young adults are often faced for the first time with new and discomforting situations. In these situations, male and female students may respond differently. This study aims to examine these differences in reactions to situations that involve potential victims of sexual assault. Using 4 items from the Bystander Behaviors Scale (Banyard, Eckstein & Moynihan, 2009, 111) we measure students’ attitudes towards helping possible victims of sexual assault. Data were collected from a convenience sample of undergraduate students surveyed electronically in 2017, are used to examine gender differences. A T-test showed on average females reported attitudes more favorable of helping victims than males. This study aims to raise awareness between both genders on bystander attitudes and intervention.

Start Date

12-4-2019 2:00 PM

End Date

12-4-2019 3:00 PM

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Gender Differences in Attitudes Towards Bystander Intervention

In the college environment, young adults are often faced for the first time with new and discomforting situations. In these situations, male and female students may respond differently. This study aims to examine these differences in reactions to situations that involve potential victims of sexual assault. Using 4 items from the Bystander Behaviors Scale (Banyard, Eckstein & Moynihan, 2009, 111) we measure students’ attitudes towards helping possible victims of sexual assault. Data were collected from a convenience sample of undergraduate students surveyed electronically in 2017, are used to examine gender differences. A T-test showed on average females reported attitudes more favorable of helping victims than males. This study aims to raise awareness between both genders on bystander attitudes and intervention.