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NCJ Number: 97187 Find in a Library
Title: Bystander Apathy and the Territorial Imperative
Journal: Sociological Inquiry  Volume:53  Issue:4  Dated:(1983)  Pages:449-460
Author(s): A R Gillis; J Hagan
Date Published: 1983
Page Count: 12
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This research focuses on the relationship between persons, places, and social control. Specifically, the study examines territoriality and social distance as factors affecting individuals' thoughts concerning the prevention of crime.
Abstract: The data show that both territoriality and social distance are significant predictors of respondents' willingness to prevent criminal behaviors. Consistent with theory in urban sociology and psychology, people report that they are far more likely to extend aid to family members and friends than to strangers. However, people also report that they are more likely to intervene on behalf of a stranger the nearer to home the offense occurs. Hypothetical situations concerning specific crimes against persons and property were used to elicit responses from 835 adolescents who were the subjects of the research. Analysis of variance is used to analyze the data. (Author abstract)
Index Term(s): Public Opinion of Crime; Reactions to crime; Witness intervention in crime
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